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Village schoolchildren bring the power of song to dementia sufferers

 Published on: 24th May 2018   |   By: Tim Green   |   Category: Uncategorized

Children from a primary school in Croxley Green teamed up with a home care company for Dementia Action Week last month.

Home Instead Senior Care has created a Songs To Remember top 10 favourite songs that caregivers and their clients love to sing together – and the team has been enjoying singing them with their clients.

The three most popular songs are Bring me Sunshine sung by Morecambe & Wise, It’s a Long way to Tipperary and You Are My Sunshine.

Research shows that the clearest memories are for the music and songs dementia sufferers enjoyed and heard roughly between the ages of 10 and 30. Research has also shown how valuable inter-generational care is and the benefits to both children and the elderly of supporting each other.

With this in mind, Home Instead Watford set up a partnership with Little Green Primary School in Croxley, and to start their partnership last month they held a Royal Wedding afternoon tea for some of the clients and caregivers.

The children chatted with the clients and then served them tea, coffee and cake before singing some songs for the clients to enjoy.

The visit was very well received.

One of the clients said ‘”it’s been a lovely afternoon with the children, it was so well organised and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself.”

Alexis Neighbour, co-owner of Home Instead Senior Care said she was delighted : “We’ve all experienced the feeling of being transported back to a place or time from our past through a piece of music or song, but for people who have dementia and their loved ones, that experience can be particularly magical.

“It was wonderful partnering up with the Little Green School last week. It was evident from our afternoon tea party with the children how much everyone enjoyed themselves. We are looking forward to working with the School in the near future.”

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