Music workshops for those living with dementia at The Brain Charity

Music Makes us… Events

Ongoing Event

According to a 2018 commission on Dementia and Music, there is now “…emerging evidence to suggest that music may help to delay the onset of dementia and improve brain function and information recall”. Findings show that musical memory regions in the brain seem to be preserved, even as dementia progresses, and that music activates the brain across different pathways to those of speech.

For people who find verbal communication increasingly difficult, using singing and dancing can provide a lifeline - not to mention providing spouses, caregivers and family members with alternative ways of enjoying time together in which communication is prioritised as fun.

The commission told of one story, where:

“… A wife of a man living with frontotemporal dementia says that music ‘...can bring a smile when other attempts at communication fail, & can bring use of language, i.e. singing, when normal speech fails’.”

The report, which was presented in the House of Lords earlier this year, added a caution, that investigators had found only 5% of care homes to be using music therapy effectively, and that there was a need for further exploration into ways that music can rightly become a non-pharmaceutical intervention.

In December 2018, The Brain Charity launched an innovative new series of ongoing 12-week therapy workshops. We are offering Speech & Language Therapy through Singing and Physiotherapy through Dance, and these workshops aim to empower participants through a love of music, in order to improve their communication and mobility.

Both workshops will take place on Wednesdays. The singing session is being held here at The Brain Charity and the dancing session over at Merseyside Dance Initiative, on Hope Street in Liverpool.

Participants can expect a warm, inclusive atmosphere and access to person-centred therapy within the hour-long sessions. There will also be a chance to speak to the therapists one-on-one, either side of the workshop. There is absolutely no experience necessary (an opera background isn’t required!), and everyone can join in at their own level of comfort and challenge. Even better – the workshops are free of charge to participants, and refreshments will be provided.

Places are limited and will fill up quickly! To book a slot and get your dance card filled, please ring us on: 0151 298 2999.
Or drop a line to Kym.

Upcoming Dates

Speech & Language Therapy through Singing Workshops 

Will run on Wednesdays, from 10:30 – 11:30am

These workshops will take place at: The Brain Charity, Norton Street, Liverpool, L3 8LR

The first block of sessions will run on the following dates:
12th December 2018
19th December 2018

Then after the Christmas break, we will resume every Wednesday from:
9th January 2019
13th March 2019

Physiotherapy through Dance Workshops

Will run on Wednesdays, from 2:30 – 3:30pm

These workshops will take place at: Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI), 24 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BX

This block of sessions will run every Wednesday on the following dates:
9th January 2019
27th March 2019