DEMENTIA sufferers and their families and carers came alive with the sound of music at an interactive singing session designed to help them express themselves.
The Singing in the Brain programme was set up by the Alzheimer’s Society after research showed although people affected by the condition can lose the ability to talk, they can still sing.
The sessions aim to give dementia patients and their carers, a way to express themselves and socialise with others by getting together to sing songs.
All the old favourites feature in the programme, such as Que Sera Sera and You Are My Sunshine, with people invited to request their favourites.
The first South Yorkshire session took place at the Priory Campus, Pontefract Road, Lundwood, Barnsley.
Acclaimed folk musician and Barnsley girl Kate Rusby has backed the project.
She said: “Having had a relative affected by the disease, I know how important it is for services like these to continue. That’s why I’m happy to show my support.”
Anne Simmons, support services manager at the Alzheimer’s Society in Barnsley, said: “Singing is an enjoyable activity and provides a way for people with dementia, along with their carers, to express themselves and socialise with others in a fun and supportive group.
“People with dementia who perhaps cannot communicate in other ways often love to sing and have a wonderful time expressing themselves through music.”
Eileen Savage who attended, said: “Everyone is so happy, it cheers people up when they are on the low side.
Sessions take place at the same location on March 17, April 7 and April 21 - call 01226 29630 to book.