Calling for music therapy groups or dementia choirs

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Is there anyone out there who runs a music therapy group, or a dementia choir?

Languedoc Living reader, Mike, is looking for some help for his wife in the form of a dementia choir or similar, near to Pézenas.  Failing that, are there any local choirs who sing in English, who might be looking for another member?

Music can help to fight dementia, and various studies have shown that “musical memory” is handled by a part of the brain that remains relatively unscathed by diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

According to the FT, Sally Bowell, research fellow at International Longevity Centre UK says “Music can help alleviate some of the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia such as agitation and wandering, and has been shown to help reduce reliance on anti-psychotic drugs…it can [also] help tackle anxiety and depression and improve wellbeing, not just for the person with dementia but also for their carer.”

This video shows how music can help people with dementia, and it’s an example of what Mike is looking for.

If you can help, or you know someone who can, please either get in touch with us, or email Mike directly on mike_evans66@yahoo.co.uk.