The leader of the Salvation Army Church in Willenhall, Territorial Envoy Lee Highton-Nicholls said:
“We are committed to providing space for people with dementia in Willenhall. We want to welcome people into our future activities within the community. Each person is unique and will have their own likes and dislikes, so it’s important to remember that dementia affects everyone differently. People with dementia are welcome to accompany their caregivers. Singing by Heart is a chance to share the joy of singing with others through a mix of popular Christian and secular songs that most people are familiar with.
“Singing really helps to establish a connection both spiritually and mentally and people enjoy their time together.”
Lee also worked in the care sector before becoming a local Salvation Army leader. Many people know someone affected by the disease; there are 900,000 people with dementia in the UK, and that number is expected to rise to 1.6 million by 2040. There are also over 42,000 people under the age of 65 with early onset dementia in the UK .*
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The Alzheimer Society states:
Dementia is a group of symptoms. It is caused by different diseases that damage the brain. Symptoms worsen over time and include:
- memory loss
- confusion and needing help with daily tasks
- language and comprehension problems
- behavioral changes.
There are many types of dementia, but Alzheimer’s disease is the most common. The second most common is vascular dementia. Information from the Alzheimer Society: *https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20027/news_and_media/541/facts_for_the_media