The activities include song and storytelling from Sal Tonge; singing with Kate Allan; dance and movement to music from Rachel Liggitt and a monthly live music programme.
For Dementia awareness week on May 23rd at 2.30pm, we have two very talented local musicians coming to play: Geoff James on Sax and Clarinet and James Taylor on piano. They have played for us many times as part of our live music programme in our Bistro at Redwoods – and now they are contributing to this new event for our older adults. They play a range of jazz, well-known tunes as well as some contemporary instrumentals.
Jessica Kent, Arts for Health lead at Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust says; “There are many benefits of bringing music, song and dance to this client group. It can help with mood improvement, raising spirits and sociability. Music, singing and dance can help reduce anxiety and depression, help maintain speech and language, enhance quality of life and can have a positive impact on carers”.
Participants at past events have given positive feedback; “takes me back to my earlier life – most enjoyable – many thanks”, “very relaxing and enjoyable”.
The British Association for Music Therapy says: “Music is something that we can all relate to regardless of age, and is often central to a person’s sense of identity. It provides us with ways to connect and share feeling, memories and moments with others, and offers stimulation and encourages expression. Music therapy can also enhance exploratory and creative abilities, as well as foster self-esteem and the sense of feeling valued and heard.