September 30th, 2016

Elderly Bromsgrove residents mark Dementia Awareness Week

Elderly Bromsgrove residents mark Dementia Awareness Week Elderly Bromsgrove residents mark Dementia Awareness Week
Resident Muriel Barrett plays tamborine with Heather Wastie. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2115023MMB
Updated: 11:29 am, Jun 05, 2015

RESIDENTS at Bromsgrove’s Breme Care Home enjoyed a special performance of music from years gone by as part of Dementia Awareness Week, which ran from May 17 to 23.

Those living there were treated to a vibrant and unique combination of traditional tunes, folk songs and sea shanties when Worcestershire Early Music performed its Hear My Voice project.

It was funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards 4 all scheme and supported by the Eveson Trust.

While the music was playing, residents held a flexible band that enabled them to feel the pulse of the music which ranged from medieval times to the 18th century.

Other activities also took place at Breme during the week,

Diana Taylor, 72, said: “I feel like skipping now because that’s what I would have been doing in the playground to this type of music when I was a child.”

Helen Barron, activities leader at the Sanctuary Care home, said it was a lovely morning with some exceptionally talented musicians.

“Music can be so therapeutic, especially for people living with dementia and this project is no exception.

“When the musicians are playing you can see the joy in our residents’ faces and it always brings back very fond memories from their childhood, when they sang many of these tunes with their own parents.”

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