Demfest returns for the second festival of its kind to embrace dementia

Last weekend, Percussion Play were delighted to attend the only Dementia Festival (that we're aware of) in the UK, held at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Ampfield.

The aim of the festival was to educate and inspire people with dementia, their carers, families & friends and health professionals across Hampshire in a fun and informal way.

The festival was opened by Lawrence "Lawrie" McMenemy MBE, an Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, and football legend in the UK.

Free to attend, visitors from all over Hampshire came to listen to the talks from top Dementia specialists, and see the inspirational and innovative ideas from local projects, companies and dementia specialists. Seminars and talks took place all day on dementia subjects including relaxation techniques and reminiscence therapies. Activities were available for all ages including therapies, table tennis and crafts. Visitors could enjoy the surroundings while listening and joining in with singing and music from the many talented musicians attending.

Percussion Play was able to demonstrate how easy and pleasing our instruments are to play and how playing music can help to improve concentration, increase mobility and coordination. Creating a sound or sensory garden or trail can encourage those living with dementia to step outside and play a little music to reduce tension and promote relaxation. We were able to discuss how our instruments are a wonderful way to encourage more time outdoors and greater physical activity.

Click here to read more on how our outdoor musical instruments can be used to improve the lives of those living with dementia.

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