About singing and dementia

So what is so special about singing and dementia? And why do so many people come to the Rossendale Memory Choir which is for people living with dementia and their carers?

There are several reasons:
• Singing has many benefits (social, psychological, and medical). For example it is good for the lungs (and therefore increases oxygen levels in the blood), it reduces blood pressure and boosts the production of endorphins (happy hormones) and has been found to be one of the most enduring functions that a person living with dementia will be able to use. The person living with dementia may notice that they become more orientated during sessions, with more successful attempts at communication and that these benefits can last several days. (For information about the research into these benefits please see these research reports from the Sidney de Haan Centre for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University): https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/health-and-wellbeing/sidney-de-haan-researc...

• The group provides a safe, non-clinical place where people living with dementia and their carers can create music together and socialise whilst at the same time having fun and being supported.

• There is a feeling amongst those who attend that this is something we can still do together. This helps reduce fear, isolation and depression and so helps create a sense of wellbeing.

• A regular, familiar creative activity helps build resistance to the stress of living with dementia and is an important element in prolonging home based care.