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Home care company is on song for dementia

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 (21st to 27th May).


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.”


Visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/centralhampshire for more details.



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