Music is very much part of the lives of everyone of us in some way or other. As well as our enjoyment of our own favourite music, tunes are used to signal information to us: we instantly know the type of message that has just arrived on our smartphone or which programme is about to start on the television by its theme music.
Nowhere is music more appreciated than at the Wednesday Group. Everyone in the group have all looked forward to visits from their regular musicians. You can almost feel the anticipation when Frank sits down at the piano or Pat sets up her music stand. These activities signal that something enjoyable is about to happen. The immensely talented Jessica Mary Brett sang to the group last month and got them completely engaged with maracas, bells and tambourines as she took them through a programme spanning 50 years and finishing with almost everyone whirling ribbons and dancing to an ABBA song. Frank plays more relaxing piano medleys and people tap their toes to the rhythm as they play cards or dominoes.
Music improves mood, reduces stress and helps us keep fit so no surprise that there are huge smiles when the music starts and people get lost in the rhythm and no wonder it plays such a vital role in the activities of the Wednesday Group.
If you care for someone with dementia or you yourself have a diagnosis, you may find help through the Wednesday Group or the Carers’ Group. For more information about either group contact Jan on 01777 709974.