Launch of new singing group for those with memory problems

A new singing group for people living with dementia is being launched by Alzheimer’s Society in Cranleigh.

Singing for the Brain® is a programme developed by Alzheimer’s Society for people with memory problems.

The programme promotes communication through singing which can help with articulation, concentration, focus and motivation.

Specially trained facilitators deliver a varied programme of vocal, rhythmic and gentle physical exercise and dance, along with songs from different eras and styles.

Jacqui Parfitt, Operations Manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Surrey, said:“Even when many memories are hard to retrieve, music can sometimes still be recalled - if only for a short while.

“The sessions help people with dementia communicate improving their mood and leaving them feeling good about themselves.

“There are more than 16,000 people living with dementia in Surrey. With the right support people can live well with the condition in their communities.”

The group will be held at The Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street, Cranleigh, GU6 8AS on Wednesday 6th January from 10am to 12 noon and every fortnight thereafter.

To find out more about attending Singing for the Brain® and other services in the area contact Joy Valcarcel, Services Manager for South West Surrey on 07731373545 or email or log on to

Report contributed by Alzheimer’s Society.