Follow this YouTube link to see the effects of participation during just one song in a choir for the elderly:
Dad’s ability to improvise and compose beautiful melodies on the fly has always amazed me.
Tonight, I gave him four random notes as a starting point.
Although his dementia is getting worse, moments like this bring him back to me. pic.twitter.com/dBInVCTmfF
— Nick Harvey (@mrnickharvey) September 17, 2020
Music has so much potential to bring people back in touch with forgotten parts of their lives and self. Parts of the brain that respond to music do keep alive despite Dementia. Do look to Music Musings for inspiring quotes on what music does for us all!
If music is important to your loved one then do check out a charity called playlist for life. It is specifically concerned with embedding personalised music into the lives of those with dementia and the website is full of exciting ideas: www.playlistforlife.com
If you are interested in connecting to choirs for the elderly throughout the UK for yourself or someone connected follow this link
This video shows a man with Alzheimers coming to life through singing ‘Quando, Quando, Quando’ in a carpool karaoke with his son, Simon.
This video shows a dementia friendly café and the music that occurs there.
A husband wife team make music through Corona keeping spirits alive:
A ballerina with Alzheimers whose memory of dancing Swan Lake is bought back through music:
Do see Reminiscence Group Guidance for more useful links and ideas on how to incorporate music and singing into Reminiscence Activities. You will find songs from music halls, films and folk culture to sing with your later in life person on pages 50-53. Google the lyrics though you will probably find they will remember them!