In support of Dementia Action Week 21st – 27th May 2018, organised by Alzheimer’s Society, Home Instead Senior Care has pledged to get 1,000’s of people singing through a campaign called ‘Songs to Remember’.
The award winning home care company specialises in non-medical care of older people in their own homes and many of its caregivers receive proprietary dementia training which is accredited by City & Guilds.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the therapeutic benefits of music for people living with dementia. Research has shown that memories of old songs activate very specific areas of the brain, which seem to be particularly resistant to the damaging effects of the disease.
The home care company surveyed thousands of its caregivers across the country to find out which songs they and their clients most enjoy singing together.
They have collated the information and produced a song sheet of the 10 most popular songs for dementia in the UK – and the one that came out on top was the Morecambe & Wise version of Bring Me Sunshine.
The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), with support from The Utley Foundation, has created a Commission on Dementia and Music.
They are actively encouraging more to be done to promote the power of music to improve the lives of people with dementia and are supporting the Home Instead #SongsToRemember campaign.
Sally Bowell, ILC-UK Research, said: “We are delighted that Home Instead is drawing attention to the importance of singing and music for people living with dementia in such a fun and inclusive way. We know that music has such huge potential to provide a lifeline promoting social connection, restoring a sense of self and bringing joy, even during what can be challenging times.”
Home Instead is getting as many people as possible to join in and sing along. Staff and clients at their 190 offices across the country will be taking part, and will be posting pictures and videos of their efforts on social media using the hashtag #SongsToRemember.
Some will see individual caregivers using the song sheet to sing with their clients, while others are holding events and inviting members of the community to come along and join in.
Martin Jones, managing director at Home Instead Senior Care, said: “Our #SongsToRemember campaign is all about highlighting the benefits of music and singing for people living with dementia.
“Many of our dementia-trained caregivers sing with their clients and music has helped them to find their voice through remembering the words to an old song and reigniting happy memories.
“We want to get at least 1,000 people singing as part of Dementia Action Week, and we hope people will get involved and use the hashtag to tell us about the impact music has on them.”
On Wednesday (May 23) Home Instead will be holding a live Q&A on its Facebook page at 4pm – ‘Let’s talk about dementia’ for more information or to take part visit facebook.com/homeinsteaduk.