Sing-a-long with Alzheimer’s group

LOCAL people who make use of the Whitby Memory Cafe at Green Lane Community Centre will be able to enjoy a sing-a-long with special guest Irene Jarvis this Tuesday.

Irene, who runs a weekly Singing for the Brain group for the Alzheimer’s Society in Scarborough, will run a taster session at the centre on March 20.

Irene said, “We have a couple of people who come to the group in Scarborough from Whitby but we appreciate that not everyone has transport.

“We thought we would offer a Singing for the Brain session in Whitby so more people would get a chance to try it.

“We would love to run a group in Whitby if there is sufficient interest.”

Singing for the Brain is a service provided by the Alzheimer’s Society which uses singing to bring people together in a friendly and stimulating social environment.

Irene explained: “Singing is not only an enjoyable activity, it can also provide a way for people with dementia, along with their carers, to express themselves and socialise with others in a fun and supportive group.

“Hidden in the fun are activities which build on the well-known preserved memory for song and music in the brain.

“Even when many memories are hard to retrieve, music is especially easy to recall.”

The café meets at the Green Lane Community Centre from 2pm to 3.30p.m on the third Tuesday in each month and is open to people with dementia, their family and friends, where they enjoy a variety of activities.

Anyone interested can go along or for more information about local Alzheimer’s Society services, contact (01723) 500958.