Campaign to get 1,000's singing for dementia in the UK
In support of Dementia Action Week 21st 27th May 2018, organised by Alzheimer's Society, Home Instead Senior Care has pledged to get 1,000's of people singing through a campaign called 'Songs to Remember'.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the therapeutic benefits of music for people living with dementia. Research has shown that memories of old songs activate very specific areas of the brain, which seem to be particularly resistant to the damaging effects of the disease.
This means that people living with dementia can often recall all the words to their favourite songs from the past, but may struggle with remembering things day to day.
The home care company surveyed thousands of its caregivers across the country to find out which songs they and their clients most enjoy singing together.
They have collated the information and produced a song sheet of the 10 most popular songs for dementia in the UK and the one that came out on top was the Morecambe and Wise version of Bring Me Sunshine.
#SongsToRemember Top Ten
1. Bring Me Sunshine Morecambe and Wise
2. It's a Long Way to Tipperary Jack Judge
3. You Are My Sunshine Jimmie Davis
4. We'll Meet Again Vera Lynn
5. Oh What A Beautiful Morning - Gordon Macrae
6. The White Cliffs of Dover - Vera Lynn
7. Que Sera Sera - Doris Day
8. Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland
9. Singing In the Rain Gene Kelly
10. My Way Frank Sinatra
Home Instead is getting as many people as possible to join in and sing along. Staff and clients at their 190 offices across the country will be taking part, and will be posting pictures and videos of their efforts on social media using the hashtag #SongsToRemember.
Some will see individual caregivers using the song sheet to sing with their clients, while others are holding events and inviting members of the community to come along and join in.
Martin Jones, managing director at Home Instead Senior Care, said: "Our #SongsToRemember campaign is all about highlighting the benefits of music and singing for people living with dementia.
"Many of our dementia-trained caregivers sing with their clients and music has helped them to find their voice through remembering the words to an old song and reigniting happy memories.
"We want to get at least 1,000 people singing as part of Dementia Action Week, and we hope people will get involved and use the hashtag to tell us about the impact music has on them."