The Forget-me-not Chorus is a charity based in Cardiff which supports people living with dementia, their families, and their carers through singing workshops that it hosts on a weekly basis.
Adapting their programme, Forget-me-not Chorus have made a series of six professionally filmed interactive sessions as a way of supporting the community during the challenge of lockdown. Each twenty minute film encourages physical and vocal interaction, meaningful engagement and a lot of fun!
Research has shown that music, especially singing, is a powerful asset that can be used in dementia care to improve patients’ mood and wellbeing. It can help reduce anxiety and depression, support the patients with their speech and language, and enhance their quality of life. There is evidence from scientific studies that listening to music lights up the brain in many places, reaching the parts that others can’t.
The Forget-me-not Chorus has worked with Cardiff & Vale Health Charity for a number of years as part of the health board’s ongoing creative arts programme to improve patient experience. As part of the programme, The Forget-me-not Chorus will be providing socially distanced courtyard concerts outside at University Hospital Llandough for our patients to watch, listen and sign along to.
To get involved with the interactive sessions from home, you can watch the first interactive session below and to access more free sessions, follow this link https://www.forgetmenotchorus.com/care