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Romford sings for the brain this Dementia Awareness Week

PUBLISHED: 16:52 17 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:38 20 May 2016

A sing along session for dementia sufferes and their carers at Paines Brook Court.

A sing along session for dementia sufferes and their carers at Paines Brook Court.

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To commemorate Dementia Awareness Week, reporter Hayley Anderson paid a visit to a day centre marking the awareness event in music.

A sing along session for dementia sufferes and their carers at Paines Brook Court.
Glenn Basset,A sing along session for dementia sufferes and their carers at Paines Brook Court. Glenn Basset,

Do you remember the last time you danced to your favourite song?

A man with a guitar is on a mission to unlock dementia patients’ fond musical memories by getting them singing and dancing to classic numbers.

From Elvis Presley to My Fair Lady, a sing-a-long of memorable hits was held at Paines Brook Court, Paines Brook Way, Harold Hill, on Monday with the intension of getting everyone’s feet tapping,.

Singing for the Brain, a scheme where singers perform to those with dementia, helps to stimulate the brain and encourages them to become more social.

Dorothy Shaw, 85, of Collier Row, who has been living by herself since her husband died four years ago, spoke to the Recorder about the day.

She said: “When the song Blue Moon came on, it reminded me of my husband as he used to play that on his keyboard.

“It’s nice to come here and listen to music, because it gives us all a chance to talk to one another.”

Read the full story in this week’s Recorder.

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