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Creative Ageing event celebrated well-being

Beat It held a lively and entertaining open workshop last Wednesday at the Courtyard Centre for the Arts in Hereford. Part of the Remember Me event this day celebrated living well with dementia and offered information sessions as well as drawing, exhibitions, singing, dance and of course our community drumming taster session.

The video below shows what some of the participants thought about the afternoon’s music-making. One newcomer to our workshops commented: ‘Percussion is all about human beings going back to their primitive roots and really communicating with each other’. I found this a very moving comment, as it is all too easy to get so involved in the logistics of running the workshops and worrying about providing a great experience for everyone that I lose touch with the deeper reasons why playing drums with people is so powerful. ‘When a group of people play a rhythm for an extended period of time, their brain waves become entrained to the rhythm, and they have a shared brain wave state…It’s really the oldest holy communion’ (Redmond, 1998)

It was good to catch up with friends from the Leominster Meeting Centre where we provide regular community music-making sessions. We wish the Centre well in their efforts to secure continuing funding to provide the valuable service to people living with dementia and their families in the Leominster area.

Lynn from Beat It meeting up with friends from Leominster Meeting Centre

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