A dementia support group based in Norfolk has recruited the help of a recording company to help produce its first CD.
Members of the Singing Café, which is run by Wymondham Dementia Support Group, recorded an 18-song CD with Norwich-based Ashwood Recording Studios.
Nearly 50 members and 15 volunteers gave renditions of hits from the 70s and 80s and post-war classics chosen by members themselves.
Copies of the CD will be given to members and carers as mementoes, as well as being sold at selected outlets in Wymondham.
Trustee Trevor Brown said the impact the music has on members is incredible.
He said: “Music has been shown to have a powerful impact in unlocking the memories of those with dementia – as well as soothing and stimulating people and increasing their overall well-being.
“The repertoire of the singing café ranges from Beatles songs, soul music and songs from films and musical.”
The Singing Café is now in its second year after being started in February 2012. It is held on the third Friday of each month and sees members sing to live keyboard music.
The support group also runs the Pabulum Café, which celebrated its 5th birthday at the start of the month.
It aims to help those living with dementia and their carers socialise and find support.
Only six visitors attended the first café in 2009. Now, it is full every Friday and attracts around 60 visitors to socialise, play games and join in with quizzes.
The cafe allows carers of those living with dementia to meet and share their experiences, something that many have found invaulable.
Leslie Barlow’s wife lives with dementia. He said that the Pabulum Café “rescued” him.
Speaking earlier this month, he said: “I was coming to the end of my tether when I found this,” he said.
“The café gives me a break sometimes, because although you are happy to do it, it is very stressful.”