City writer's play aired on radio today

INNOVATIVE music sessions involving South Yorkshire dementia sufferers are set to feature in a play to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 today.

Notes To Self is a drama written and researched by Sheffield-based journalist and writer Deborah Wain about the power music has to help people with Alzheimer's disease reconnect with their memories and loved ones.

It is based on real experiences and interwoven with recordings of concerts by South-Yorkshire-based charity Lost Chord at a care home and day centre.

The organisation has found that dementia patients who have been unable to speak for a long time can often find words through singing and although their abilities may have shut down they are still able to participate in music.

Using highly-trained, professional instrumentalists and singers Lost Chord stimulates responses from residents through music, song and dance.

Recordings for the play were made at the Richmond Care Home, Sprotbrough, and the Linney Centre, Balby, in Doncaster. The project was also supported by the Alzheimer's Society Doncaster and Rotherham, based in Mexborough.

It is on at 2.15pm today and can be heard via BBC iPlayer for a week afterwards. Visit www.lost-chord.org.uk for information about the charity.

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