New dementia-friendly café comes to Kingston Library

Kingston Library is bringing together families, carers and people living with dementia to enjoy monthly interactive music sessions performed by professional musicians.

The free music sessions were set up by the charity Lost Chord UK, who recognise the benefits of music to help those with dementia.

Clare Langan, CEO of Lost Chord UK, said the donations of entertainer Hilary O’Neil helped to set sessions up in Surrey and surrounding areas. 

“In August 2022 Val O’Neil, the mother of entertainer Hilary O’Neil passed away after a battle with dementia. Instead of flowers, Hilary asked for donations to Lost Chord UK and an amazing £2661.81 was raised,” she said.

With contributions of the Home of Compassion, part of the Aria Care Group, Faye Jackson of Kingston Library and the Alzheimers Society, the 45-minute music sessions are set to become a monthly event in Kingston until July 27. 

Refreshments will be provided by the Home of Compassion before the session starts at 10:30am.

Langan said the sessions will improve the health and wellbeing of all who attend. “They truly are mind, body and spirit sessions,” she said.

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