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SINGALONG: New singing group launched for those affected by memory loss in Chalfont St Peter

 Published on: 13th May 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

A new singing group for those living with memory loss and/or dementia and those caring for them has been launched in Chalfont St Peter.

 The group, which held its first session on April 12, has been set up by Age Concern GX Plus, a local charity which promotes the welfare of older people in Gerrards Cross, Chalfont St Peter and Chalfont St Giles.

The fortnightly singing group is for those living with memory problems, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, and those who care for them. The group is being led by keyboard player Craig Lawrence alongside experienced singer Jean Warner.

The group will sing an array of vintage favourites with familiar hits from Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and more.

Speaking to Chalfonts & Gerrards Cross News, charity officer Anita Weinel underlined the importance of initiatives such as this.

She said: “Many people are touched by memory loss or dementia – we want to provide one hour which is comforting, supportive, inclusive and not competitive.

“Singing can help to calm chaotic thoughts and reduce anxiety and depression. Memory of music is also one of the last things to go during dementia so singing provides a place where people can still find pleasure

“Sometimes when people are dealing with dementia or memory loss, they become more isolated and close themselves off, but this is the worst thing they can do. We want to encourage people to make the first step and come along to the group. Once this initial barrier has been overcome, they can have fun and relax.”

The group will meet 11am-12pm on fortnightly Fridays at Chalfont St Peter Community Centre.

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