Elders Voice have secured funding to deliver three, weekly reminiscence workshops in Brent, for people living with dementia and their families/carers. During the workshops we will work with the five senses to evoke precious memories and help people reconnect with their past.
Many people with dementia become passive recipients, routinely having things done ‘for’ them or ‘to’ them. We want to empower individuals to become active participants, who can share something about their lives and give enjoyment to those listening. To do this we will delve into a trove of stimuli specific to the individuals’ personal identities and cultures; we will look at photographs and artworks, touch objects, listen to music and poetry, taste foods and smell scents. We will embark on a journey into the past and by doing so hopefully enrich the present, enabling people with dementia to feel competent and confident. We can’t wait to get started!
Stay tuned for more information on where and when the workshops will take place.
Our Music for Dementia project is well underway and we have had the privilege of working on a one-to-one basis with families affected by dementia. Paired with specialist musicians, the families have been exploring their musical heritage, learning new things about each other and reconnecting in a meaningful way. So far we have explored Greek traditions and celebrated an Orthodox Easter, danced to the style of drumming typical of a Turkish wedding and unearthed a forgotten appreciation for Jim Reeve’s dulcet tones. Music is proving to be a powerful tool and we hope more revelations make their way to the surface as our work continues.
Read: Music is Paramount to Quality of Life by Lynn Burling, Wellbeing Manager and find out more about the work we have been doing.
If you would like to be involved in the Memory Hub as a facilitator or participant, please contact the Wellbeing Manager on: 020 8206 7503 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.