Dementia-friendly music therapy sessions to be held in Gedling and Mapperley
By David Bratton – 8 Jan 2020
New dementia-friendly music therapy sessions which help improve the quality of life through sound and song are to be held at venues in Gedling and Mapperley. The Heron Music Cafe is holding sessions at The Willowbrook on Main Street in Gedling and also The Bread and Bitter on Woodthorpe Drive in Mapperley. The sessions, which are run by local music practitioners, are designed to be fun, uplifting and accessible to all. Entry is free and refreshments are on offer at the sessions, which take place between 10.30am until 12pm.
Helen Tooth is one of the sessions organisers and said the sessions can prove beneficial to those with health conditions – like dementia. She said: “We are using the therapeutic power of music to help improve general wellbeing and quality of life.
“Engagement in music has been shown to restore memories and stimulate cognition, stimulate physical activity, enhance communication, provide an emotional outlet along with many other benefits. “At our sessions we have noticed positive changes in regular attendees and carers have told us of the improvements it has made to their lives. With music we are able to focus on what people with dementia CAN do, in order to promote quality of life. “This positive approach helps to maintain identity, build self-esteem, provide meaningful active participation and promote dignity.” She added” So if you’re feeling lonely, isolated have health conditions, or even a carer, we’d love to see you for a coffee chat and a sing.”