Can Singing Help People with Dementia?

May 10th, 2010 by Deb Saville

Martin & DebDeb Saville and Martin Meader are soon to begin a series of  ‘Singing for Health’  workshops with people with dementia.  In conjunction with Southern Cross Care WA they will be running sessions each week with clients and their carers/support workers in a bid to show that music and singing can have positive benefits on the health of all participants.  Martin and Deb have been working closely together for 3 years on various projects and received positive feedback about their style and passion.  Events have included singing with survivors of the Victorian Bush Fires, and workshops,incorporating singing, with community service staff to reduce stress, improve teamwork and set goals. They are sure that singing makes a difference and have also started collecting stories from workshop participants and people in the Born To Sing choir  for a book to be published in the future.