Singing for Dementia Session - Dementia Awareness Week

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Songs from decades gone by filled the atrium of Southmead Hospital’s Brunel building today (May 17).

'When I’m 64' and 'Raindrops Keep falling On My Head' were among the songs for the first Singing for Dementia Session held inside the Brunel building at Southmead Hospital.

The session was just one of the events held at the Trust as part of Dementia Awareness Week.It followed a Dementia Conference for NHS and social care representatives from across Bristol, which was hosted by the Trust at Southmead Hospital.
Singing has been found to be beneficial to people with dementia because it is multi-sensory, triggers memories and engages people. It has been found that the benefits of singing sessions for people with dementia last after the session has ended.
Dementia Awareness Week 2017
We already use digital reminiscence technology in the hospital to support people with dementia or other cognitive impairment. These programmes include music and films from the past.  
Sharon Parsons, Dementia Care Trainer, said: “We know that singing has the ability to trigger memories, songs can remind people where they were when they were singing the song in the past and what they were doing. ,This is a multi-sensory approach to engaging people with dementia, helping to bring back a sense of the person.”
Sharon added: “It is important for us to promote awareness of dementia and helping people understand that it does not have to be something to be frightened of. One in three people over 85 are living with dementia but there are lots of practical things we can do so that people can live well even after a diagnosis of dementia."