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From 15:00pm to 16:00pm
Come and join us at our Dementia friendly Christmas Carol Service. With Reverend Morag Finch at St Mary Shortlands, Kingswood Road, Bromley, Kent, BR2 0HG. The service will take place at 3pm on Wednesday 21 December and we would love to see you there!
LOCAL lady Karina Brown has arranged a dementia-friendly carol service, taking place at St. Mary Shortlands Church in Kingswood Road, Bromley at 3pm on Wednesday, December 21.
The short service will feature a selection of well-known festive favourites and readings followed by refreshments in the church hall.
Karina owns and runs the Bromley, Chislehurst and Orpington office of homecare provider, Home Instead Senior Care. Her company specialises in the care of older people in their own homes, many of whom are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
Speaking about the event, she said: “My original idea was to have a service for our caregivers and clients where we would all come together at this lovely venue to sing our hearts out.
“Then, as a member of the Bromley Dementia Action Alliance steering group, I thought it would be lovely to open it up to the whole community and make it a dementia-friendly event. Reverend Morag Finch is really supportive of older people’s causes and kindly agreed to hold the service at St. Mary Shortlands.”
Karina added: “This time of year can be particularly lonely for many older people, so we decided to hold the service in the afternoon to make it easier for people to attend. We would love to see lots of people there – young or old; friends, family, carers, the more the merrier.
“Singing carols is a lovely way to herald in Christmas and it’s particularly relevant for people who have dementia as it is an activity they can take part in on equal terms with everyone else.
“It is well documented that singing allows those with dementia to express themselves as they can recall music and songs better than other memories and so singing provides them with a wonderful emotional release.”