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Musicians Provide Therapy For Elderly With Dementia

MUSICAL therapy has been helping Sheffield care home residents living with dementia.

Singers from charity Lost Chord have been at The Laurels and The Limes Care Home to perform and engage the residents in musical activities.

Katie Hainback and Juliane Gallant, from the charity, performed Christmas songs and classics the residents remember from their younger days.

They included Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Danny Boy, A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square, I Got Rhythm and a selection from The Sound of Music.

Lost Chord was launched in Rotherham before expanding across South Yorkshire and the rest of the UK.

The charity, whose patrons include Sir Cliff Richard, Lesley Garrett CBE and Dame Vera Lynn, is dedicated to improving the lives, well-being, awareness and self-esteem of those living with dementia.

Jane Ridge, home manager at The Limes Care Home, on Manchester Road, said: “All our residents love music.

“Even those with advanced dementia enjoy listening to songs they remember from earlier in their lives.

“Katie and Juliane from Lost Chord were absolutely brilliant. They performed many of our residents favourites and everyone had a great time singing along.

“We can’t wait to have them back in the home in future.”

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