Mr Grieve attended a 'Singing for the brain' session

The Alzheimer’s Society in Beaconsfield is taking an active part in the national 'Singing for the Brain' initiative, so I was delighted to go along to the Fitzwillaim Centre and find out more, earlier this October.

These singing sessions provide an informal and welcoming setting for carers and those with dementia to get together to enjoy a happy and sociable activity. The Alzheimer’s Society explains that this can help people with dementia to express themselves and to have fun amongst a supportive group. There is a recognised linking in the brain between music and song, so when other memories are hard to retrieve, people with dementia may be able to recall music much more easily.

The Alzheimer's Society provide infomation and support for those living with dementia. The work they do is becoming more and more important as dementia becomes more common amoungst our aging population. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, of whom 1,578 live in Beaconsfield. The prevelence of dementia is why it is hugely important government and charities work together to tackle the problem.

Many individuals, organisations, businesses and communities have decided to act as Dementia Friends, champions or to offer a dementia-friendly environment.

The government has the goal of making this country the best in the world for dementia care and support, by 2020, giving people with dementia choice about their care and making it a place where individuals, their families and carers have services designed to meet their needs.  People with dementia should be able to live in an environment which is supportive and enabling to them and their family, so they feel valued and understood, within the community and in civic life.

Another aim is for research to continue to help people with dementia. In August, the Department of Health announced that there has been a big rise in the number of people who have volunteered to take part in research studies on dementia. In the course of the preceding year, nearly 22,000 people volunteered to join 100 research projects.  That represents a rise of 60 per cent.

The goal is to find a cure for dementia, or therapies to modify the disease, by 2025 – a decade away. Globally, the number of people with dementia is likely to double by the year 2030.