Sheffield music group in bid to recruit ‘friends’

Dementia Friends was launched by the Alzheimers's Society in the Winter Gardens, Sheffield, on Wednesday (13 February, 2013). Our picture shows the Singing for the Brain group, which is made up of people with dementia, carers and volunteers, who sang at the launch.
Dementia Friends was launched by the Alzheimers's Society in the Winter Gardens, Sheffield, on Wednesday (13 February, 2013). Our picture shows the Singing for the Brain group, which is made up of people with dementia, carers and volunteers, who sang at the launch.
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SHEFFIELD singers used music to try to recruit friends to support people living with dementia.

The Singing for Brain group, made up of people with dementia, carers and volunteers, performed in the Winter Garden to promote a new initiative launched by the Alzheimer’s Society.

The charity hopes to find a million ‘Dementia Friends’ to help make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia, after research revealed that many people with the condition feel lonely and isolated.

Free information sessions will be delivered in Sheffield for those keen to find out more.

Judith Gregory, a regional manager for the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “As the brain gradually shuts down, people with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community - which is why the Dementia Friends initiative is of such importance and will help to improve the quality of life for someone living with dementia.”