Local classically-trained singer Roger Langford comes to the
ExtraCare village once a week to lead the Sing for Life group. He
teaches new songs to the residents, encourages them to sing tunes
they remember from their past, and also shows them some simple
breathing exercises and stretches to keep their bodies in the best
condition for singing.
Village Activity Facilitator Lynn Mulderrig, who organised the
sessions, said she had the idea after reading about a similar
project in the paper. "It was something organised by the
Alzheimer's Society, and they'd found that singing really helped
people who had dementia, so I thought we should do something
similar. I rang around and was able to find Roger."
Studies have found that music is easy to recall, and that the
social aspect of similar groups is beneficial for people living
Roger and the residents are only in their third week of singing
together, but the group already has some enthusiastic members.
For more information on the Sing for Life sessions, please
contact Lynn Mulderrig at The Rose Garden on firstname.lastname@example.org