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Music! A Powerful Trigger for The Memory

Music! A powerful trigger for your memories. So a busy week in the Rooster quarters. This week we have been to Devon, Broughton British Aerospace, Conwy and finished off with a Wedding in Oriel Country House Hotel in St Asaph.

Red Rooster Discos are working hard in conjunction with the Alzheimers’s Society to bring music and song with a little refreshment to their Service Users and Carers. We were asked to cover Donna who is the Music Coordinator for ‘Singing For The Brain’. Donna had been raising money for a very rare genetic disease that runs in her family by running the London Marathon. She tore a ligament badly but carried on to finish the Race. We run sessions around North Wales and hope to be running more shortly which consist of 2 hours singing with accompanying background music which we provide as well as the vocals. We use songs from 40s through to 60s and are very client led. We will be developing the sessions to include some of the younger persons living with Alzheimer’s and their carers/relatives so that we can hold some themed afternoons with fun quizzes and bingo sessions specially devised for those with impaired vision. It’s lovely to see people enjoy themselves and remember very special eras important to them and their families. Many of the Service Users sing along acapello and can make song requests which we try to fulfil so everyone has some special piece of music for them. The Alzheimer’s Society provide refreshments and the group can chat and provide support for one another, this is valuable for relatives also.

We also are running a number of TeaDances, we would like to change the name slightly so as not to put those people off who do not wish to dance. These are held around North Wales in Community Venues, well advertised on Facebook and by Red Rooster Discos and the Alzheimers’ Society also. Anyone is welcome and meets to have a chat, cream tea, cake, a drink and listen to some music. If people want to dance they can but equally some just come to socialise and chat to other Service Users and Carers. Volunteers from The Alzheimers’ Society are on hand to offer advice and support for those who want it and a lot of information is available at these session about future sessions and other activities the Alzheimer’s Society provide.

The cost of the tea and music sessions is free for those members of the Alzheimer’s Society and £3.50 for members of the public who drop into the sessions. This includes a free raffle ticket and refreshments.

I recently watched this You Tube clip :

It was very moving and shows the real power of music therapy for people living with dementia. The effect the music has on this gentleman lasts for a couple of hours after the music is played. He becomes responisve and coherent voicing his love of the music and how it makes him feel. We have seen this effect first hand on members who have attended the singing and tea dance sessions. Not only are the sessions valuable for triggering memories but provide a necessary support network for carers and relatives.

Our next tea dance is in Sychdyn Memorial Hall this Wednesday 19th August.

Teadance poster

Next Teadance in Sychdyn