Cathedrals mark national Dementia Week in song

22nd May 2019

Cathedrals across the country are marking National Dementia Week this week in song.

Research has proven that the power of music in helping those with dementia, reactivates memories and can create ‘happy’ states.

Today, Leicester Cathedral will hold Sing My Soul for people living with dementia.

This session delivered by Leicester Musical Memory Box uses approaches and techniques specially designed to make music really accessible to those living with dementia and aims to boost confidence in developing dementia-friendly music in our churches.

There was a silent disco held in Salisbury Cathedral earlier this week when seniors, people living with dementia and carers were invited to come and sit or dance in the beauty of their Trinity Chapel and participate in an immersive musical experience, listening to music from the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s on headphones.

The Cathedral is exploring different aspects of dementia – set to be the 21st century’s biggest challenge according to Alzheimer’s Society – as part of its year-long Memory and Identity themed events and activities which has included a screening of the film ‘Ashes’ about a one-time hard man now suffering from Alzheimer’s – followed by a panel discussion; a special Celebration of Age Evensong and panel discussion; Come and Sing with Singing for the Brain groups tomorrow (Thursday) and simple hands-on art workshops including My Favourite Bloom Workshop to encourage those taking part to talk about and create their favourite flowers.

Chelmsford Cathedral will host the Alzheimer’s Society ‘Singing for the Brain‘ choir this Thursday 24 May and are inviting any choirs to unite with them, be part of the audience or just sing along with the Essex Singing for the Brain group.