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Grimsby music classes helping dementia patients

Grimsby music classes helping dementia patients
18th November 2010

A new music class is helping people living with dementia to unlock their memories.

Volunteers at the Laceby Road Methodist Community Centre in Grimsby have begun organising monthly music sessions for the many older people living with dementia in the area, the Grimsby Telegraph reports.

The organisers believe that the "magic of music" can help older people to reconnect with moments from their past and singing familiar songs.

Rev John Fenner of the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Methodist Circuit, which runs the sessions, told the publication: "We have heard that people with dementia can sometimes through the power of music reach back in time and reconnect with the world.

"This is a very special moment for them and their partners who are caring for them."

According to the Alzheimer's Research Trust, the number of people in the UK living with dementia is around 820,000, while two-thirds of those who develop the condition are women.

Read more about Barchester's dementia care homes