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Gladstone House strikes a chord with 'Singing For Memory' event

22 January 2019


A music event for people with dementia and their carers was recently held at Gladstone House.

‘Singing for Memory’ was organised by the Newark Dementia Carers Group, in partnership with Newark and Sherwood District Council and Newark and Sherwood Homes, as part of its work in developing the activities it offers to its members. The group includes local people who are affected by dementia and other memory loss conditions.

The event saw more than 25 members of the Newark Dementia Carers Group take a trip down memory lane as they sang and played maracas and tambourines to well-known songs. The activity was led by music teacher Paul Connor from Lincoln and residents of Gladstone House and members of the public were also invited to the sing-a-long.

Ken Daubney, Chairman of Newark Dementia Carers’ Group, commented: “Singing is a very popular activity amongst the group as anyone can get involved. Thanks to the success of the class held at Gladstone House, we will be establishing a monthly event for the benefit of our members who have dementia and anyone else who would like to get involved in a social activity to combat loneliness.”

Newark and Sherwood District Council is a dementia friendly council and works closely with the Newark Dementia Carers Group, which offers a respite from the social isolation sometimes felt by carers looking after someone suffering from the illness.

Bev McMillan, Housing Options Officer – Older Persons, who is also Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Dementia Friends champion, said: “Singing is stimulating and a great stress-reliever. It improves mood and confidence and brings people together. It’s great to see Gladstone House being used to host these sessions and we hope that they can go from strength to strength.”

As part of the council’s pledge to the Dementia Action Alliance Bev, as a champion, goes out into the community organising sessions in workplaces and groups to spread the message and help make Dementia Friends

Rebecca Rance, Chief Executive of Newark and Sherwood Homes, added: “As we approach the one year anniversary of Gladstone House being open, it is fantastic to see the building being used to bring its residents and the local community together. Research into dementia care has shown that music is easier to recall and through the power of singing, those with the illness have a chance to reminisce and unlock memories.”

The next session will take place at Gladstone House on February 8, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. For more information, contact Ken on 07930 191084.