Singing sessions for dementia sufferers proving to be a hit

Singing sessions for dementia sufferers proving to be a hit

Francis Batt

Singing sessions for dementia sufferers proving to be a hit

Weekly singing sessions are bringing fun and music back into the lives of dementia sufferers and their carers.

The Singing for Pleasure sessions are run by the charity Alzheimers Dementia Support with sessions in Windsor, Langley and Maidenhead.

Jazz singer Julia George, a mother of three from London Road, Twyford, runs the sessions on Tuesdays at All Saints Church, Dedworth Road, Dedworth.

This week she was taking the visitors through songs from past Eurovision song contests.Those taking part are encouraged to suggest songs from any era via the suggestion box. 

David Janetta, 64, of Berries Road, Cookham, is chairman and managing director of Alzheimers Dementia Support which covers Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead, Slough and Langley.

He said: "Singing for Pleasure is about allowing older people to live again. Julia is the catalyst for this."

Joining him and the regulars in song on Tuesday was Carole Taylor, a nurse who specialises in dementia. She said: "Someone might not be able to make conversation any more. But they can still sing."

Regular attender Dorothy Joan Colton, 93, of Park Avenue, Wraysbury, said: "I have sung all my life, I was with Staines Operatic Society for years.

"I have found I got my voice back since coming here."

Freda Howse, 67, of Burnetts Road, Dedworth, is a regular with her husband Michael, 69 who was an environmental manager with the Royal Borough but now has dementia.

She said: "It is the social side of it that helps so much. He feels part of a group again, not so cut off from everyday things."

The couple's daughter and grandchildren often come too.

Julia also runs her weekly singing sessions Mondays at Slough Mencap in Spitfire Close, Langley and Fridays at Boyn Grove Dementia Resource Centre in Courthouse Road, Maidenhead.

For more details contact Christine Price, the charity's dementia advisor on 07516 165665.

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