There’s no denying that singing makes us feel good. It’s joyful, exhilarating and fun. Even those that feel they can’t carry a tune in a bucket get a kick out of belting out a ditty.
The simple act of song has been shown to have physical benefits, as well as extremely positive impacts for older people with dementia. Singing brings mental and emotional stimulation, and engages people in social environments.
Watch this uplifting video of Musical Minds, a choir for people with dementia and their carers, based in East Ayrshire. It’s difficult not to sing along too…
If you’re interested in learning more about the power of song, Alzheimer Scotland offers singing groups for people with dementia, their carers and their families across the country.
Luminate, the creative ageing festival launching in October 2012, will also show how song and music can be a powerful way of improving health and well-being, and there will be events and performances across Scotland celebrating this art form.