Gaydon FireBravo watch, Gaydon visited The Lawns nursing home as part of Dementia Action Week (21st – 27th May 2018) to donate an iPod and speaker, Station Commander Paul Whittaker said, As populations of developed nations age, so the number of cases of dementia increases. As a way of helping care for and support people with dementia, music has been shown to often have a dramatic effect.
Whether it’s 60s soul, operatic arias or songs from the shows, music can soothe, stimulate and bring to mind long-forgotten memories.

Watch Commander Andy Martin added, The power of music, especially singing, to unlock memories and kickstart the grey matter is an increasingly key feature of dementia care. It seems to reach parts of the damaged brain in ways other forms of communication cannot.

Myself , Paul and Bravo watch from Gaydon fire station are extremely honoured to be members of ‘Friends with dementia’ and hope our donation of an iPod with over 10,000 songs and a speaker can be put to good use and help bring back a lot of happy memories.

Submitted by Paul Cartwright

 

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