Sing for LIFE!

August 7th, 2010 by Deb Saville

Make A Difference-Sing!The project at Southern Cross Care is now in Week 8.  Everyone participating is enjoying the mixture of learning, fun, story telling, relaxation, singing, dancing and socialising with new friends. 

Some of the stories collected will appear in the Make A Difference-Sing! book, which is a current ‘work in progress’.

The participants with dementia are surprising us all each week as they retain new songs in their short term memory.  The support workers are surprising us by coming further out of their comfort zone each week, learning the words to the old war time songs and doing whatever it takes to make sure their clients have a good time.  The volunteers continue to assist in a multitude of ways and sing and dance through the morning sessions. 

Other reported benefits, for clients and support workers alike, include; reduced stress, increased friendships, a sense of purpose and increased well-being and happiness.    “I am always happy when I come here…I feel special and valued…I am not so alone”, are some of the positive comments made by participants.

The group has chosen their name – Sing for Life and there will be an ‘open session’ for familiy, friends and invited guests on 21 Aug at Folley Village in Hilton.

It is a pleasure to be able to bring such pleasure to the group…Molly's Joy

and so rewarding to see the joy on everyone’s faces!   Heart-felt thanks to all involved.

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.