Local group connects people living with dementia through music

Local group connects people living with dementia through music

A monthly event encouraging people living with dementia to interact through music was attended by the Mayor of Wigan Borough today.

Organised by Music in Mind, the event tackles social isolation in those living with dementia by bringing people together and also provides respite to carers.

The event, held at The Wheel Restaurant in Wigan, saw residents enthusiastically sing in groups, play percussion instruments and dance while enjoying cakes baked by Wigan and Leigh College students.

The Mayor of Wigan Borough, Councillor Bill Clarke said: “Wigan Borough was named the most Dementia Friendly town in the UK last year and it’s easy to see why after attending today’s event.

“It was heart-warming to see everybody enjoying themselves and be connected with a shared love of music, despite the day-to-day challenges they may face. As part of The Deal, Wigan Council pledged to help communities support each other and this is a perfect example of that in action. I’m proud to have been invited along and would like to congratulate Music in Mind on the difference they’re making.”

The event runs every first Friday of the month between 1.30pm and 3pm at The Wheel restaurant in Wigan and costs just £3.50 to cover refreshments.

Although the event is open to both those living with dementia at home and people in care homes, the group also take their instruments on tour by visiting a number of care homes every week, bringing their musical respite to those less mobile.

Alan Hart, co-partner of Music in Mind said: “The plethora of academic research that looks at group music making and its application to mood, brain, learning and memory are central to our community music project.

“We generate engagement through encouraging singing, which promotes a sense of community, while increasing heart rate, lung function and releasing positive hormones. What is there not to like?”

Find more information about Music in Mind events or to see videos of what they do.

Posted on Tuesday 10th October 2017

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