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A new singing group for those whose long term memory is better than their short term memory, as well as their carers, is being launched next month.

The Music Cafe will be run by the East and Old Parish Church, in conjunction with Pat Brodlie, dementia resource worker with Alzheimers Scotland Angus. It will run every Monday afternoon, starting on October 3, from 2 to 3 pm in the choir room in the church.

The Rev. Barbara Ann Sweetin has developed an interest in this area since moving to Forfar. She said: “There are a number of people in the church and the surrounding community who have better long term memories than short term and some people have real problems in trying to connect and interact with them. Carers also need a safe environment for their loved ones and friends and it gives the carers a chance to meet up too. The team involved with the cafe - 14 members of East and Old - will all undertake a basic form of training given by Pat. The Music Cafe is for people whose long term memory is better than their short term memory, their carers and anyone else who would like to come along for a sing song. There will be 20 minutes of singing old favourite hymns and songs, 20 minutes of tea/coffee and socialising and then 20 minutes of further singing on a theme based idea like songs about the weather, countries, etc,”

Pat Brodlie, who runs drop in sessions for those with dementia in Carnoustie and Forfar, hopes the Music Cafe will attract members from throughout Angus.

She said: “It will help their communication, concentration and attention span, improve their confidence and relationships; hopefully it will be empowering for them”. The cafe will also stimulate memories, give people a ‘feel good factor’, a sense of achievement and gentle exercise. Further details from Pat Brodlie on 07979 665158 or 01241 431770, or Barbara Ann on Forfar 248228.