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Singing for the Brain

Age Friendly Ireland

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Programme: Cork City

WHO Theme: Community Support And Health Services, Respect And Social Inclusion, Social Participation

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Physical Activity, Positive Mental And Emotional Health, Staying Connected, Switching Off And Being Creative

Funding Stream: HSE older adults

Resources Required: Community Support, Financial, Paid Staff, WiFi Access

Cost: 1000-5000


Prior to COVID, 7 face to face Singing for the Brain groups took place weekly in Cork City and County. The group is now held online in 5 locations. The group is an interactive social singing session which is facilitated by a trained musical director.

Aim of Initiative


Who is it aimed at

Older adults and anyone living with memory loss

Steps critical to success

  1. Community Health Worker Support
  2. Funding
  3. Musical Facilitator

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. Getting participants online
  2. Ensuring participant engagement
  3. Meeting demand for new groups

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. Imrpoved health and well being
  2. Reduced social isolation
  3. Getting connected to others

Evaluation / Report:
Available on

Mary Flynn