Picnic in the Park 2018 ‘ was held at the iconic Prince Albert Gardens, Swanage to raise awareness of the ‘Swanage Area Dementia Friendly Community’, with an invitation ‘to have a go’ at being part of the ‘Swanage Community Drum Circle’ – open to all. Research suggests that musical leisure activities have a positive contribution for Dementia, Alzheimers and Memory Loss patients. Drumming enables participants to connect non-verbally with others through improvisation, imagination and creative engagement. It enriches social interaction, strengthens relationships and enhances well-being. It is immersive, fun, playful and inclusive for all involved. Whether you are a carer, facilitator or patient, there are no wrong beats and it creates community. We are all music makers.
The ‘Swanage Area Dementia Friendly Community’ currently meet and run activities and events including ‘Singing for Pleasure’ at ‘Emmanuel Baptist Church and Centre’ on Thursdays, 2.00 – 3.30 p.m. To find out more click on the following link: ‘Swanage Area Dementia Friendly Community’