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Music is not only fun and fulfilling, but crucially, for those suffering from dementia, is one of the most enduring memories people have. Understanding this, the Alzheimer’s Society have set up a service called “Singing for the Brain” ® which brings those with dementia and their carers together to experience musical activities in a fun, sociable and stimulating environment. Groups have been set up across the UK, and as the Mid Devon Star reported on July 10th 2014, the group in Plymouth is going from strength to strength, proving a hugely popular and beneficial local resource.

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The group now sees 50 people regularly attending and is the highlight of the week for many of the members.

Doreen Abott, a member of the group from Plymouth said: ‘When I received the diagnosis of Alzheimers, I thought, I’m glad. It was a relief to be believed.

“I go to Singing for the Brain, I love it, and it goes to show that people can live well with dementia and have a good time.’

Singing for the Brain ® is a programme developed by Alzheimer’s Society for people with memory problems.

“The programme promotes communication through singing which can help with articulation, concentration, focus and motivation. Specially trained facilitators deliver a varied programme of vocal, rhythmic and gentle physical exercise and dance, along with songs from different eras and styles.

‘There are 13,700 people living with dementia in Devon. With the right support people can live well with the condition in their communities.’

The group is held on Thursdays at St Katherine’s in Plymouth.

To find out more about attending Singing for the Brain ® and other services in the area contact Sian Gough on 01752 608908 or log on to

Article originally published in the Mid Devon Star on 10/7/14