New project to help dementia patients in Corby

A new singing group for people with dementia is being launched by the Alzheimer’s Society in Corby.

Singing for the Brain is a programme developed by the society for people with memory problems.

It promotes communication through singing which can help with articulation, concentration, focus and motivation.

Trained facilitators will deliver a programme of vocal, rhythmic and gentle physical exercise and dance, along with songs from different eras and styles.

Gillian Shadbolt, locality manager for the Alzheimer’s Society in Northamptonshire, said: “Even when many memories are hard to retrieve, music can sometimes still be recalled, if only for a short while. The sessions help people with dementia communicate, improving their mood and leaving them feeling good about themselves.

“There are 7,990 people living in Northamptonshire with dementia and this will rise to 10,789 in 2021 but with the right support people can live well with the condition for a number of years.”

The new group will meet at West Glebe pavilion in Cottingham Road, Corby, every other Monday from July 1, from 2pm to 3.30pm.

As well as Singing for the Brain, the Alzheimer’s Society in Northamptonshire has a number of services including Dementia cafes, a befriending scheme, peer support groups and day care.

Anyone who wants to attend the singing sessions can contact Tracey Newell on 07803 115351.

Volunteers are needed to help with the group. If you can spare some time call Rashmi Chauhan on 01832 736670 or email Volsnorthamptonshire@alzheimers.org.uk

For more information on the society in Northamptonshire visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/northamptonshire or telephone 01832 736670.