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Music

 

 

 

 

Singing, listening, dancing to, and playing music at any age can be one of the soul's antidotes to challenges many people face in life itself.

 

Cultural and universal music of different styles can be enjoyed by all and even if we ourselves do not enjoy singing we may find listening to music can be relaxing and calming; dancing to music can be exhilarating and fun and playing a musical instrument can inspire others to join in. Singing simple and classic songs like Happy Birthday often encourage others to sing along and smile, even if they do not know the recipient of the song.

 

People with dementia and Alzheimer's may find that music can evoke past memories, memories that could possibly have been lost without this trigger. Hearing your wedding song or a lullaby may remind you of early family days. Songs from your favourite group/band/solo singer may have us all sing along, even although, at times, the artist, for some unknown reason may not remember the words as you do! Singing with enthusiasm is more important the remembering the words.

 

Group singing or joining a choir or Karaoke can be fun and provide an opportunity to meet new friends in a social environment. Exercising to music is a great way to stay fit, as well as being fun. Perhaps you, your family and/or friends enjoy dancing. Why not turn on the music and give it a go, after all dancing is also a wonderful social activity!

 

The Intergenerational Choir Project

This choir project is a collaboration between the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex (Canada), the Sisters of St. Joseph and Medway High School. Designed for those in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (along with their carers), the choir provides a comfortable and fun atmosphere where participants can enjoy their love of music with others.

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The World's Oldest Flash Mob

In August 2012 80 people ranging in age from 65 years to 96 years old danced in city of Auckland, New Zealand to the song 'Feelin' Good Ooh La La' by The DNC.

They were there to promote the need for more adaptable and accessible housing in New Zealand as their aging population is set to exceed 1 million over 65's by 2021. It makes you want to get up and dance with them!

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Singing for the Brain

Singing for the Brain is a service provided by Alzheimer's Society (UK) which uses singing to bring people together in a friendly and stimulating social environment.

This video shows engagement, social interaction with some physical movements and good humour - enjoyed by all.

 

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