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Singing For Memory session took place at Gladstone House, Bowbridge Road, Newark, for people with dementia and their carers

A music-making session for people with dementia and their carers has proved so popular that it is to become a monthly event.

The Singing For Memory session took place at Gladstone House, Bowbridge Road, Newark, which is an extra care development for people over 65.

The sesssion was organised by the Newark Dementia Carers Group, in partnership with Newark and Sherwood District Council and Newark and Sherwood Homes, as part of its work in developing the activities it offers to its members.

Singing at Gladstone House (6795635)
Singing at Gladstone House (6795635)

The group includes people affected by dementia and other memory loss conditions.

The event saw more than 25 members of the Newark Dementia Carers Group take a trip down memory lane as they sang and played maracas and tambourines to well-known songs.

The activity was led by music teacher Paul Connor from Lincoln, with residents of Gladstone House and the public invited to go along.

Ken Daubney, chairman of Newark Dementia Carers Group, said: “Singing is a very popular activity among the group as anyone can get involved.

“Thanks to the success of the class at Gladstone House, we will be establishing a monthly event for the benefit of our members who have dementia and anyone else who would like to get involved in a social activity to combat loneliness.”

Newark and Sherwood District Council is a dementia-friendly council and works closely with the Newark Dementia Carers Group, which offers a respite from the social isolation sometimes felt by carers looking after someone with the illness.

Bev McMillan, housing options officer for older persons, who is also the council’s Dementia Friends champion, said: “Singing is stimulating and a great stress-reliever.

“It improves mood and confidence and brings people together.

It’s great to see Gladstone House being used to host these sessions and we hope that they can go from strength to strength.”

As part of the council’s pledge to the Dementia Action Alliance Bev, as a champion, goes out into the community organising sessions in workplaces and groups to spread the message and help make Dementia Friends

Rebecca Rance, chief executive of Newark and Sherwood Homes, which manages Glad stone House, said: “As we approach the one-year anniversary of Gladstone House being open, it is fantastic to see the building being used to bring its residents and the community together.

“Research into dementia care has shown that music is easier to recall and, through the power of singing, those with the illness have a chance to reminisce and unlock memories.”

The nextSingingFor Memory session will take place at Gladstone Houseon Friday, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

For more information, contact Ken Daubney on 07930 191084.

Gladstone House has been designed to allow people to live life to the full, independently and safely, as their needs change over time.

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