The team at a Central Hampshire home care company are all singing from the same song sheet as they launch their latest campaign as part of Dementia Action Week (May 21 to 27).
Home Instead Senior Care has created a ‘SongsToRemember’ top 10 of favourite songs that caregivers and their clients love to sing together – and plans to get a 1,000 people to join in.
The three most popular songs were ‘Bring me Sunshine’ sung by Morecambe & Wise, ‘It’s a Long way to Tipperary’ and ‘You Are My Sunshine’.
Research has shown that memories of songs activate very specific areas of the brain, which seem to be particularly resistant to the damaging effects of dementia. The clearest memories are for the music and songs people heard and enjoyed roughly between the ages of 10 and 30.
The team at the Central Hampshire office will be using the #SongsToRemember song sheet to sing along with their clients, colleagues and people in the local area.
They will also be posting pictures and updates on social media, using the hashtag #SongsToRemember and #1000voices.
Jon Gapper, general manager of Home Instead Central Hampshire said: “Watching someone for whom daily life is a real struggle come alive when they hear a certain piece of music and start singing along is such an emotional experience.
‘We are going to get everyone singing our number one song ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ and we might even throw in some of the Morecambe & Wise dance moves. It’s going to be wonderful, bringing people together all as one voice, spreading the sheer enjoyment of music and song and seeing the impact it can have particularly on those living with dementia.’
The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), with support from The Utley Foundation, has created a Commission on Dementia and Music.
Sally Bowell, ILC-UK Research, said:
‘We are delighted that Home Instead is drawing attention to the importance of singing and music for people living with dementia in such a fun and inclusive way. We know that music has such huge potential to provide a lifeline promoting social connection, restoring a sense of self and bringing joy, even during what can be challenging times.’
They are actively encouraging more to be done to promote the power of music to improve the lives of people with dementia and are supporting the Home Instead #SongsToRemember campaign.
Home Instead specialises in providing at-home care for the elderly, allowing people to remain independent for as long as possible.
It is the only home care company to offer dementia training that is City & Guilds accredited, making its caregivers experts in supporting people to live life well with dementia.
In order to identify the top 10 most popular songs Home Instead surveyed thousands of caregivers across its country-wide network.