It’s unhappy that Susan Tomes’ offer of personification for patients with insanity belligerent to a hindrance by red fasten (Letters, 12 January). we can describe a really opposite experience.
I play in an garb of 11 (mature) pledge musicians, some of whom usually picked adult their initial instrument during retirement. As a tyro practice to try personification in front of an audience, we initial offering a services to a internal caring home and we have never looked back. We play a reduction of American old-fashioned music, with a customers of caring homes, Alzheimer’s support centres and a internal hospital. There has never been a doubt of any form of vetting, even yet we are infrequently left to perform a residents but staff.
Quite detached from a pleasure that we get simply from personification song together, a biggest prerogative is to see a light awakening of someone who during initial seems to be asleep, from a twitching finger to attack a tambourine with a grin on their face. The steer of a room full of people with insanity and volunteers doing a conga to a Christmas tune set was unforgettable.
I would strongly inspire anyone who can offer song to do so; it is rewarding for everyone.
• The links between song and insanity are proven and it is value persevering. Care Home Open Day on 28 Jun is a ideal event to move arts, song and creativity into a lives of residents, relatives, staff and helpers.
Care homes are hubs of a community, and if people are put off volunteering we need to doubt how fit for purpose a regulations are. They should be there to offer residents rather than yield official obstacles to life.
Prof Martin Green
Chief executive, Care England
• Your essay on song for insanity (Making song isn’t a nicety, it’s a necessity, 9 January) and letters (12 January) lift a doubt of anticipating low-pitched opportunities for people influenced by insanity and their families. The Arts 4 Dementia website lists song and dance events around a UK, permitted by amicable prescribers. Steve Phaure (Letters, 12 January) calls for volunteers during GP surgeries to bond people with song and other activities. To support amicable prescribing, Arts 4 Dementia is formulation to coordinate a proffer befriender network, ArtsPAL, to accompany people to prescribed exhibitions, performances and a giveaway midweek song offering by many churches.
Veronica Franklin Gould
Arts 4 Dementia
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