The choir – called Friends With Voices – is made up of people who attend the Young@Heart Dementia Café and the Stopsley Singing Café in Luton.
Maria Collins, of Home Instead Senior Care Luton, was instrumental in creating Young@Heart. She also chairs the Luton Dementia Action Alliance, whose conference took place at Venue 360, in Gipsy Lane with 200 delegates.
Maria said: “It is always an emotional occasion when Friends With Voices sings. People assume that if you have dementia, that is the end for you socially.
“Friend With Voices uses the power of music to re-energise and re-kindle deeply held memories. No wonder there was the odd tear or two. They are helping to reinforce the fact, even among professionals, that if you have dementia, you can still play an active role in society.”
Home Instead Senior Care Luton was one of the main headline sponsors for the event and the home care company’s Caregivers also helped organise the choir, along with volunteers from both cafes.