Dementia choir set up in Rossendale

Dementia choir set up in Rossendale

A choir of dementia patients and their carers has been set up in the Lancashire town of Rossendale.

Bacup-based charity Real has helped to form the group and hopes to raise awareness of the condition while also providing an enjoyable activity for patients, the Lancashire Telegraph reports.

Pat Smith, a community development worker, decided to start the choir after taking part in a dementia awareness course.

In addition to encouraging people diagnosed with the condition to interact and socialise, musical endeavours can also be beneficial to patients.

"Music can have an amazing effect on people with dementia. Sometimes it can be the only time the person is able to verbalise and talk," Ms Smith added.

The Belgian city of Bruges has recently been hailed for its dementia-friendliness and one of the key aspects is the area's choir of dementia patients and carers. It was highlighted last month when British rock band Muse invited it on stage during a concert in the city.

Find out more about dementia care and support services at Barchester homes.