Age UK has been connecting people living with dementia by running a fortnightly music group in Malvern.

The sessions, which have been ongoing for months, are held at Elgar Court Residential Home, and is led by Kirsty Hughes from Age UK Worcester.

The dementia music group is open to all members of the community who may be experiencing diagnosed or undiagnosed memory loss.


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Talking about the program, Ms Hughes said: "At Age UK, we support people in our local communities living with mild to moderate memory loss, to stay connected with their community by continuing to do the things they enjoy.

"Our music group members bring their own instruments and have a morning ‘jamming session’ as well as singing.

"We have people of all abilities play and we welcome all new friends wanting to have a go."

Elgar Court, in Malvern, recently opened a dedicated dementia wing to provide specialist care for people living with it.

Partnering with Age UK Worcester, Malvern Hills and Hereford Localities, the care home encourages those experiencing memory loss to make new friends and enjoy playing music together.

Sarah Cadwallader, general manager of Elgar Court, said: "It has been a real joy to see the incredible interaction between residents and community guests coming to this music group.

"Both our residents with and without dementia, have shown absolute delight joining in and singing along to music and playing the instruments".

The next music group session will be held on Friday, February 9 from 10am until 12pm at the care home (Elgar Court, 35 St Andrews Road, Malvern, WR14 3PT).

Each session costs £10 per person, including refreshments.

For further details and inquiries about the dementia music group, contact Age UK Worcester, Malvern Hill, and Hereford on 01684 560666.