Labour’s Nancy Platts visits service supporting people with dementia in Brighton

Besi Besemar February 20, 2015

Nancy Platts, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven attended an Alzheimer’s Society, Singing for the Brain® session in Brighton on February 20, to support people with dementia.

Nancy Platts
Nancy Platts

Singing for the Brain® is a programme developed by Alzheimer’s Society for people with memory problems. Sessions promote communication through singing which can help with articulation, concentration, focus and motivation.

Specially trained facilitators deliver a varied programme of vocal, rhythmic and gentle physical exercise and dance, along with songs from different eras and styles.

The group who meet weekly in Brighton Museum welcomed Nancy, who said: “With a growing number of people living with dementia, it’s more important than ever we all have a better understanding of the condition and that people know about the help and support that is available from organisations such as Alzheimer’s Society.”

There are over 3,010 people living with dementia in Brighton and Hove.

Elisa Vaughan, Operations Manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Sussex, said: “Even when many memories are hard to retrieve, music can sometimes still be recalled – if only for a short while. The sessions help people with dementia communicate improving their mood and leaving them feeling good about themselves.”

As well as Singing for the Brain®, Alzheimer’s Society in Brighton and Hove has a number of other services to support people with dementia.

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