Going for a song at Milngavie Manor

Milngavie Manor is alive with the sound of music every Thursday afternoon, courtesy of their dedicated dementia-friendly choir.

The singing lessons are led by Pam and Jim McJannet who run the 'Music Machine Dementia Choir', an initiative designed to engage people living with dementia through the power of song.

Anyone can join in as Jim leads the group through a selection of classic hits, songs from the movies, old Scottish folk tunes and many other memorable tracks.

"We really enjoy coming here, the residents are very good and extremely interactive," enthuses Jim. "They all sing very well and seem to enjoy themselves throughout the session, which is lovely."

Singing is widely regarded to be therapeutic for people living with dementia. Each week, Jim researches a bygone year and features hits from the time, plus a segment where he talks about popular social events and trends that happened during that year.

From who won the Best Film Oscar to big news stories or the day, the choir enjoys a trip down memory lane at each session, as well as a good sing-song.

These musical sessions are open to members of the public too, regardless of their singing ability.

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