Music is at the heart of our 'Young Dementia CST Friendship Group'. Musical memory is often better preserved than recent memory, language or functional ability. Hence if a person with moderate dementia can recognise and sing (or dance) along with a well known song it can be such an uplifting experience.
I thought it might be interesting and useful to let you know which of our songs had the best reaction from our members this week, in terms of visible impact on well-being. A 'Top 3', so to speak, for you to try out yourselves with clients.
Maybe in future months we can consolidate these posts into a Top 40, with the help of your feedback?
Number 1. 'So Long Farewell' from 'The Sound Of Music'. We played this as a colleague was retiring and came to say goodbye to the group. It really connected with members she had supported and we sang and clapped along. Quite a few tears were shed. https://t.co/5NkRzRwyNV
Number 2. 'Sail Away' by Enya. One of our members said "Oh I love this" and got up and danced along to the whole track. Others smiled and encouraged him with applause. https://t.co/xQx5csvcC5
Number 3. 'Beautiful Briney Sea'. One of our members has a very labile mood and responded with great joy to this song. She liked the film and remembered Angela Lansbury starring as Jessica Fletcher in 'Murder She Wrote'. https://t.co/ckwH5e1Jp7
NB. YouTube links are provided.
Please let me know if this is helpful addition to the weekly blog update and if you wish to see the 'Top 3 CST Songs For Well-being' continue each week .... Keep up your good work. Over and out. 🤓🎧💡