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Singing to provide an enjoyable, sociable activity which stimulates mind and body.

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About ‘Singing for the Brain’

History

‘Singing for the Brain’ was developed by The Alzheimer’s Society West Berkshire Branch as a means of helping people with memory difficulties resulting from neurological conditions such as Alzheimers, Parkinsons Disease, Stroke and MS. It is also known to be beneficial to those suffering from depression and stress.

The first sessions were launched in 2003 and since that time ‘Singing for the Brain’ has been adopted by other local branches of the Alzheimers Society as well as by Sing for Your Life, a registered charity established in 2005 to improve the quality of life, health and wellbeing of older people through participation in musical activities.

Benefits

The Singing for the Brain model offers both physical and mental benefits including:

  • Exercising all the muscles involved in communication
  • Helping to improver breathing
  • Combating depression and reducing stress
  • Stimulating the brain and challenging those taking part by introducing unfamiliar material, simple part-singing, singing in rounds and singing from memory.

Groups are friendly and informal with the social aspect being every bit as important as the health and wellbeing element. People have the chance to meet with others in similar circumstances and to offer one another support through difficult times.

Perhaps most importantly of all, by helping people to focus on what they can do, rather than what they can’t, ‘Singing for the Brain’ boosts confidence and gives people a much needed lift: people go home happy!

Taking Part

You don’t have to be ‘a singer’ to take part. Everyone can enjoy and benefit from community singing.

Volunteers from local choirs are encouraged to come along to help boost the singing so no-one feels ‘exposed’. They help to lead the rounds, demonstrate the actions in the action songs and will often add wonderful harmonies too.

For details of your nearest Singing for the Brain group visit: www.alzheimers.org.uk

For details of your nearest Silver Song Club visit: www.singforyourlife.org.uk, where you can also view photos and a video of groups in action.

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For more information contact Barbara Rayner at: info@weyvalleywellbeing.co.uk
Phone 01420 80445