Flash-mob at Rugby Library highlights how music can help people with dementia

The sing-along for the Alzheimer's Society
The sing-along for the Alzheimer's Society

A flash-mob style sing-along took place at Rugby Library to highlight the profound benefits music can have for people living with dementia.

Singing for the Brain, organised by the Alzheimer’s Society along with the county council as part of Dementia Awareness Week, aimed to inform people about how music can be used to dramatically improve quality of life for people, even those who struggle with communication and memory.

Music was provided by Hillmorton Community Choir, which was helped by singers from Drovers House care home.

Roy Watkins, of Drovers House, attended the sing-along with several other people who live at the home.

He said: “Music can work wonders for people’s minds, even long after they’ve forgotten many other details of their life. I’ve seen people at Drovers House who often struggle with memory, but upon hearing a familiar piece of music they can remember every word and can sing them in perfect key – it’s really quite incredible to watch.”

“It was a great event on Saturday and we were very impressed by Hillmorton’s choir – they even had some of us dancing to The Beatles on the library’s forecourt!”

Tammy Hulley, Service Manager at Drovers House, added: “I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping that events like Singing for the Brain can highlight the benefits of music for people with memory problems to the general public. Many experts, including Age UK, agree that not only can it be hugely enjoyable – it can even help people communicate better, remember more and even live a little more independently.”

In addition to taking part in many of the events in Warwickshire organised for Dementia Awareness Week, Drovers House, Westlands and Dewar Close care homes in Rugby are also signing up all employees to the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative.

Tammy added: “I’m hopeful that events like Singing for the Brain and initiatives like Dementia Friends will help lead to real improvements in quality of life for those affected by Alzheimer’s.”