The power of music is undeniable, and it is even more profound when it comes to people living with dementia. The benefits of music and singing for people with dementia are well documented, and this was evident during the latest visit from DSES (Dementia Singing Experience Sussex) to Hilgay Care Home. We understand the benefits of singing for dementia and therefore love to bring visits like this to our residents. We are lucky enough to welcome the DSES every month and enjoy their many sessions with our residents.
Who are the Dementia Singing Experience Sussex?
DSES is an organisation that offers classes and workshops of singing for dementia for people with dementia and their caregivers. Their sessions are designed to provide a fun and relaxed environment where participants can enjoy singing together and experiencing the therapeutic benefits of music. On a beautiful afternoon, DSES arrived at Hilgay Care Home, bringing with them an air of excitement and joy.
The Singing Experience
As soon as the participants entered the room, their faces lit up with smiles, and they eagerly greeted the DSES team. Every resident is unique and has different experiences with dementia. However, the universal language of music brought them together, and they all started to sing along to the first song. We could not wait to experience the benefits of singing for dementia first-hand.
The music was carefully selected to match the era of the participants, with songs from the 1940s, 50s and 60s. These songs were familiar to the residents and brought back memories of their youth, creating a sense of nostalgia and comfort. However, there were also a few more up-beat tunes to get everyone moving and grooving.
One resident, in particular, was transported back in time when she heard the first few bars of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ by Vera Lynn. She closed her eyes, and a look of happiness washed over her face, as she began to sing along with the rest of the group. For those few minutes, she was able to sit back, relax and enjoy the moment. This really portrayed the power of singing for dementia.
The visit from DSES was not just about singing for dementia; it was also an opportunity for residents to interact with others and form connections. The singing sessions created a sense of community, and residents who may have been quiet or reserved, suddenly became more engaged and started to talk to each other.
Sam Saunders, the activities coordinator at Hilgay, had this to say about the visit: “The visit from DSES was fantastic! The residents loved singing along to the old classics, and it was wonderful to see them come out of their shells and engage with each other. The session created such a buzz in the home, and we can’t wait for them to come back again”. We will be welcoming the DSES every month to Hilgay as we truly believe in the power that music has in helping us deal with a variety of conditions and challenges.
How Singing Helps People Suffering from Dementia
The benefits of music and singing for dementia are numerous, and they go beyond just providing enjoyment. Studies have shown that music can stimulate the brain and help with memory recall. This is because music is processed in different parts of the brain than speech, and even when other parts of the brain are damaged, the musical memory remains intact.
Singing can also have physical benefits, such as improving breathing and posture. It can also help to reduce stress and anxiety, and increase feelings of relaxation and wellbeing. For people with dementia, singing can help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, and provide a sense of purpose.
In conclusion, the visit from DSES to Hilgay Care Home was a beautiful example of the benefits of music and singing for dementia. It provided a space for residents to interact, form connections, and reminisce about the past. The therapeutic benefits of music and singing for dementia are well documented, and it is essential that we continue to incorporate them into the care of people with dementia.
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