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Herts Musical Memories

(Hertfordshire)

Herts Musical Memories runs 12 singing for memory groups that take place in halls and community centres for people with dementia and their carers. The combination of breathing and vocal exercises increase oxygen in the blood stimulating the brain and help people with dementia reconnect with their memories.

Our goals:

  • To provide a professional singing for memory leader, who understands the needs of people with dementia and can deliver music sessions that help people with dementia maintain their vocal skills, cognitive skills and their co-ordination skills.
  • Keeping people with dementia living independently for as long as possible and providing a network of support for their carers, increasing both the carers and the person with dementia's sense of health and well being through the use of music and song.
  • Providing a safe and supportive environment in the community for people with dementia and their carers enabling them to enjoy some quality time together and enable them to meet other people in similar situations and help them create a support network
£10k project Currently ranked 1 in Active Living

How we will achieve our goals

A community award would be a tremendous help enabling us to pay for one leader for a year. Herts Musical Memories has only recently taken on the 12 music groups that were originally run by the Alzheimer’s society. This would give us time to implement our three year fundraising plan safe in the knowledge our clients sessions will be supported.

Where the money will go

Sadly more and more people are being affected by dementia. Getting a diagnosis can leave people feeling isolated and depressed. Attending Herts Musical Memory sessions, that are deliberately placed in the community, encourages people to stay active in the community and helps them feel they have are not written off still have place in society.

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A Special Moment

22 August 2017

Both a carer and his wife had been seriously ill in hospital. We had not seen the at the group for m…

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  1. Posted on August 17, 2017

    A good afternoon for my husband who has dementia and Parkinson and as it is a new charity it needs all the help it can get.

  2. Posted on August 19, 2017

    What a fabulous idea . I work as a dementia champion \buddy at my local hospital. We are in the process of organizing a therapy room . this will give patients a place to do some sort of activity every day while they stay in hospital. Would you kindly give me a contact number or email so I can pass this onto the dementia practitioner kind regards Karen

  3. Posted on August 21, 2017

    As full time carer for my husband these wonderful sessions are a joyful release for us both and have a continuing positive effect on his mood at home where he now sings all the time.

  4. Posted on August 22, 2017

    The singing sessions are wonderful. They help you forget the stresses of everyday life for the carers and the dementia sufferer. Me and my mum do not stop laughing and smiling the whole time we are there.

  5. Posted on August 23, 2017

    What a fantastic idea. Sadly projects like this are unseen and unknown until your family is in the unfortunate position of needing support events for carers and sufferers.
    I hope you get all the recognition you deserve to keep this project going.

  6. Posted on August 27, 2017

    My Mum is 88 and was diagnosed with vascular dementia 4 years ago. As soon as she arrives at Musical Memories Friday session she becomes happier and sings with gusto all the words to the wide selection of songs chosen by Kerry each week. No one judges and everyone supports each other at the session. Thank you Herts Musical Memories for all the fun and happiness you bring.
    Gill

  7. Posted on September 4, 2017

    Hi, thank you for doing this for individuals and carers affected by dementia. Do you have any plans to set up in Bristol? Many thanks, Emma

  8. Posted on September 5, 2017

    A very good cause to support.

  9. Posted on September 5, 2017

    This is such a special group & has helped my Dad in so many ways. He happily sings throughout the session & then when he gets home too! Thank you to everyone who offers their time to support the group & to those who have voted.

  10. Posted on September 5, 2017

    s. We both feel so much better after a good sing. Everyone who wants to should have this opportunity. It is very important in managing stress and very worthwhile,

  11. Posted on September 6, 2017

    Thank you to all of you for your lovely comments and support. Unfortunately, we can’t reach Bristol just yet but do check if the Alzheimer’s Society are running Singing for the Brain. If you would like more information about us please email on [email protected] or phone 020 8950 5757. I don’t think we are going to make it this year but it has been so heart warming to read people’s comments and to know that so many people have supported us. What is lovely is that more people know about us than before we started this journey. Thank you everyone.

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