Borough Care, the largest not for profit provider of care
for older people in Stockport, has signed up to the EDUCATE Music and Laughter
project. EDUCATE is a Stockport based
group of people living with dementia, who raise awareness and help deliver
training programmes. EDUCATE inspires
others to live well with dementia.
Music and Laughter project is also being promoted by Fabulous Forgetful Friends, an involvement group for people living with dementia in Manchester.
Borough Care has over 20 years of experience supporting
people with dementia. The company offers dementia support through a range of
services, including residential care, active recovery and day care
provision. Borough Care has partnered
with EDUCATE to put on a range of musical performances and events for
The overall aim of the Music and Laughter project is to put
people with dementia in the driving seat when it comes to the music they listen
to, sing or play. As part of the
project, a number of musical events will be put on for Borough Care
residents. These will involve
performances by the residents themselves, professional musicians and the
EDUCATE-Stockport school intergenerational choir.
Events will also be arranged by Music in
Hospitals & Care, a charity that brings live music to people in hospitals
and care settings throughout the UK.
Sophie Gardiner, Area Manager at Borough Care, says:
“Experiencing music can help provide a better quality of life for people with
dementia and improve their overall physical and mental wellbeing. Music accesses a different part of the brain
than language so it can be used to communicate or engage with someone with
dementia even if they no longer speak or respond to words. Many of our
residents love music and the musical activities we put on are always
popular. The Music and Laughter project
will give our residents even more opportunities to enjoy, and participate in,
Music has many benefits for people living with
dementia. It helps people express their
feelings, taps into powerful memories and emotions, helps a person connect with
others around them and can reduce social isolation.