People living with dementia and their carers in Conwy, North Wales, were surprised this week by a visit from Mike Peters, lead singer of well-known band The Alarm.
On Tuesday (21 January 2014) Mike Peters attended a Singing for the Brain session run by Alzheimer’s Society at the TAPE Community Arts Centre in Old Colwyn. He participated in a song led by music tutors Arfon Wyn and Nia Davies from Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias Music Centre.
Singing for the Brain is a programme developed by Alzheimer’s Society, designed to be a fun and stimulating social activity for people with dementia and their carers. The initiative promotes communication through singing which can help with articulation, concentration, focus and motivation.
The Alarm, who were rehearsing at the same venue as the Alzheimer’s Society group, take to the stage next weekend (Friday 31 January – Sunday 2 February 2014) for the annual Gathering music festival which this year takes place in Llandudno.
Dawn Jones, Alzheimer’s Society Group Coordinator said:
‘It was fantastic to see Mike surprise us like that. He joined in with everyone and enthusiastically sang one of the songs played by Arfon. Having people like Mike come along and show their support is so important to help us raise awareness of local services for people living with dementia and their carers.
‘The sessions we run involve a variety of music, including familiar favourites as well as simple songs and instruments that may encourage everyone to join in. Singing for the Brain sessions provide an opportunity for people with dementia and carers to meet regularly in a relaxing and fun environment where refreshments are provided.’
If you are affected by dementia or know someone living with the condition, and would like further information on local services including Singing for the Brain, please call the North Wales locality office on 01352 700462 or visit the website alzheimers.org.uk/wales