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Runaway Bay Lions Club launches new music for dementia program

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Runaway Bay Lions Max Tunnicliffe, Steve Grech and Graham Wythes present the Music for Dementia equipment to Colleen Dix and Rena Newman at Lions Haven for the Aged

Runaway Bay Lions Max Tunnicliffe, Steve Grech and Graham Wythes present the Music for Dementia equipment to Colleen Dix and Rena Newman at Lions Haven for the Aged

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A music for dementia program has launched at Lions Haven for the Aged, Hope Island.

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A GOLD Coast music for dementia program has been given a boost thanks to Runaway Bay Lions Club

The club has announced its sponsorship of the new program at Lions Haven for the Aged, Hope Island.

Music for dementia is based on the concept that music can stimulate improvements to long-term positive memory in people with dementia.

Studies suggest music can have a calming influence, reduce anxiety, encourage physical movement through dancing and singing and allow people with dementia to engage more with others.

Residents will be provided with a headset and will be able to listen to personal favourite songs where possible.

Club member Graham Wythes heard about a similar program which had been introduced by the Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough in Western Australia, and thought that it would be beneficial to adopt it locally.

Lions Haven Facility chief executive Rena Newman said management and staff were excited to introduce the Music for Dementia program to its residents

"We are so appreciative of the support of the volunteer members of Runaway Bay Lion in bringing this exciting initiative to Lions Haven for the Aged," she said.

The facility was opened in 1992 as a result of a collaboration between Lions and Leo clubs on the Gold Coast

For more information about the club or to join, email runawaybaylions@hotmail.com or call 0403-049-535.

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