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The National Concert Hall brings ‘Tea Dance Tunes – Dementia Friendly Concerts’ to Finglas

Recently the National Concert Hall, HSE Odin's Wood Day Care Centre and New Cross College brought 'Tea Dance Tunes Dementia Friendly Concerts' to Finglas.   This was the first time the National Concert Hall  brought the 'Tea Dance Tunes' to the community.  Staff from Odin's Day Care Centre,  Sean Chara and Clearbrook Nursing Home along with clients and carers,  joined students and teachers from New Cross College for an afternoon of music, demonstrating the positive impact music has on those with dementia. 

Students from  New Cross College under the leadership of Ms. Mairead O'Brien, Home School Community Liaison Teacher undertook an educational training session to build a generation of dementia friendly students.  New Cross College can proudly say that all of their students now have a greater understanding of dementia.  As part of the project the students were invited to participate in a Poster Competition.  The winning poster was used to publicise the event and each participant received a framed copy of their poster and tickets to the National Concert Hall.  Gavin Phelan won the Poster Competition and his poster was used to promote the event throughout Finglas.  Students were presented with tickets to the National Concert Hall for a show of their choice.    

Speaking at the event, Ms. Paula Bermingham, Manager, HSE Odin's Wood Day Care Centre, thanked the National Concert Hall and the management, staff, students and parents of New Cross College for the enthusiasm with which they greeted our proposal and embraced the idea of getting the students involved in the 'Tea Dance Tunes' and creating awareness around dementia.  

On the day, the students designed a banner which read 'M is for Music and Memories',  Ms. Bermingham added that it also stood for a marvellous afternoon of music which brought joy and happiness  to so many faces. She said: "The event on the day was a great success.  Everyone came together and the success of the day was found in all the singing and smiling faces in the room."

Ms Sandra Browne, Health care Assistant, St Odin's Day Care Centre, said 'Music helps enhance the sense and recall for people with dementia. Music also has a positive impact on people with dementia and their carers.'

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