‘Singing for the Brain’ at home

"Singing for the Brain" session at Beamish Museum. Pupils from Bernard Gilpin Primary School, Houghton, joined care home residents enjoying music and singing hosted by the Alzheimer's Society.

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A dementia support programme will soon be accessible from a sufferers own home, thanks to a £9,750 cash boost.

Lancashire County Council has agreed to support the Alzheimer’s Society’s Singing for the Brain initiative by meeting the costs of producing DVDs and CDs for carers and sufferers to use at their leisure.

Evidence shows when people with dementia are distressed or have anxiety, music and song can help relieve the situation.

This is because the activities build on the well-known preserved memory for song and music in the brain.

Until now Singing for the Brain has only been carried out in group sessions, but this new approach will allow people to use the music therapy techniques in their own houses, with the aim of helping them remain in their own home longer.

As well as paying for the discs, the council will also pay for a launch event to promote the initiative in Lancashire.

Beverley Page-Banks, service manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Central Lancashire, said it was an “exciting new approach”.

She said: “We anticipate that this initiative will be of great benefit to people living with dementia, their families and carers.

“Singing at home together can be an enjoyable and therapeutic experience which can enhance well-being and improve quality of life.”

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