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The Absurd, Irreducible Uniqueness of People . . .

MANY YEARS AGO I came upon this statement in an article by Iris Murdoch (pictured). She was discussing the novels of Jean Paul Sartre. Although she admired his work, something fundamental was lacking. In this phrase she stated exactly what it was. Have you heard of Iris Murdoch? Perhaps just the name, Iris, will stir your memory. Did you see a beautiful film, just a few years ago, which contrasted the early life of a brilliant young woman with the final stages of that life, her mind struggling with dementia? Continue reading The Absurd, Irreducible Uniqueness of People . . .

Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends Information Session

15 April 10.30am-11.30am    Patching Lodge, Brighton

Celeb-dementiaWith the recent death of author Terry Pratchett and the Sing Healthy, Play Happy sessions in West Hill Hall, our thoughts turn to understanding more about dementia.

A friendly and informal session to find out about the Dementia Friends initiative and the small things we can do that make a difference to those living with Dementia. To book please email: Caroline.carter@hanover.org.uk.

The number of people in Sussex with dementia is expected to rise to more than 33,700 in the next eight years.

Sing Healthy Play Happy

Sing Healthy Play Happy is a FREE weekly music group for people with dementia and their carers, on Thursday mornings from 5 February 10-11:30am at West Hill Hall, Compton Avenue.

In these fun, gentle and supportive sessions we sing familiar and new songs together; explore instruments and sounds; try out material to use at home; move gently to music; make new friends. Making music together is good for us. It lifts our spirits and helps us relax – it can really take us out of ourselves and give us a break, even for a short while.

Sing Healthy Play Happy is an Open Strings Music CIC project, facilitated by Goldsmiths University of London-trained community musicians Amy Hill and Isabel Emerson, and funded by Sussex Community Foundation, Brighton & Hove City Council, Skipton Grassroots Giving, and the Argus Appeal.

For more information: email isabel@openstrings.co.uk; call 01273 965350; www.openstrings.co.uk