1. kingybell

    kingybell Registered User

    Feb 3, 2015
    115
    I have been looking for something for me and my mil to do that we both enjoy.
    She keeps saying she always wanted to be an actress and singer growing up. She's got a decent voice and I too sing having studied performing arts and regularly perform in Birmingham.

    I think the singing for brain sessions are a good idea. However most seem to be in the afternoon when I am at work. Anyone know of an evening session in staffs or West Midlands?

    If I can't find one thinking of setting one up near me.
     
  2. Bernadette2

    Bernadette2 Registered User

    Mar 13, 2015
    27
    Wow thank you so much for mentioning this idea - I did not know it existed and have just seen that there is one near us. Mum might love this and my five year old daughter...
     
  3. Bernadette2

    Bernadette2 Registered User

    Mar 13, 2015
    27
    Sorry got carried away by my own good fortune and Realise I have been no help to you whatsoever!! It would be great if you set up a local group...
     
  4. JigJog

    JigJog Registered User

    Nov 6, 2013
    237
    Soup and a Song

    The waiting list for our local Singing for the Brain group was very long, so a church in our village has set up a similar group called Soup and a Song, specifically for Dementia sufferers and their carers.

    I think you are allowed to set them up yourself, but you are not allowed to call them Singing for the Brain. That is specifically for use by the Alzheimer's Society. People from the church visited a local Singing for the Brain group and received lots of helpful advice on the type of songs to choose and how to run it.

    I go once a month with my OH. We love it. Simple songs, some sung in a round or two parts, some with actions. Basic percussion instruments provided too. All followed by some social time too. Brilliant!

    Good luck!

    JJ x
     
  5. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    59,581
    Female
    Dundee
    Our local Alzheimers Scotland centre has a choir rather than a Singing for the Brain group. They employ a project worker who runs this and it is a funded project. I think the funding is actually from elsewhere but he is based with Alz Scot. The choir is called Total Recall! It is for people with dementia and their carers.

    This page gives some questions and answers about Singing for The Brain -

    http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/faqs.php?categoryID=200328&faqID=56
     
  6. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    5,849
    Female
    Scotland
    Musical Memories

    Ours is called Musical Memories and can have as many as fifty at times - usually about thirty. We have two stars who are solo performers. Yes, they can only recall the words of a few songs but sing them so beautifully that no one minds hearing them again and again. We have a guitarist who leads the singing and chooses the songs and loads of tambourines, drums and maracas. John and I both feel uplifted after an hours singing clapping and cheering.

    It is run by Alzheimers Scotland.

    I would encourage anyone to join in. Go along for a cup of tea and sing or don't sing but just enjoy the company. If you can start a new group with the help of your local community so much the better.
     
  7. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    59,581
    Female
    Dundee
    I agree Marion. We all feel so good after the session. We have put in three major concerts now and often sing at things like NHS conferences and so on. There's never a dry eye in the house!! I know I've put this on another thread but I can't resist putting in here. This is Bill accompanying By The Light Of The Silvery Moon on the tambourine!
     

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  8. kingybell

    kingybell Registered User

    Feb 3, 2015
    115
    Thanks guys I now have lots of ideas. My own theatre group are doing a music hall show and I'm playing Marie Lloyd. My theatre group would probably help me set something up and we could take it in turns to run sessions using some of the old music hall themes.

    My mil would love it as she's always telling me she should be up on stage singing, bless her.
     
  9. Soobee

    Soobee Registered User

    Aug 22, 2009
    2,734
    South
    The sessions run by the Society are only weekdays and in the daytime as far as I know. Also befriending in my area is the same, because they haven't got funding or the inclination to have someone available evenings/weekends when more people would be available to get involved.

    It's something I hope will change if enough people ask for evening/weekend sessions.
     
  10. kingybell

    kingybell Registered User

    Feb 3, 2015
    115
    This is a great picture and just goes to show you can have a life with Dementia.
     
  11. onlyme1

    onlyme1 Registered User

    Sep 10, 2011
    105
    scarborough
    singing for the brain is wonderful! I attend the scarborough group with my parents each week - I recommend it!
     
  12. Kjn

    Kjn Registered User

    Jul 27, 2013
    5,835
    My parents love their group too, completely recommend it:D
     
  13. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    59,581
    Female
    Dundee
    Sorry, I've just noticed this. Thank you for your kind comment. x
     
  14. Grey Lad

    Grey Lad Registered User

    Sep 12, 2014
    5,737
    North East Lincs
    Is all of that singing one of your secrets Izzy?
     

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