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Students helping dementia singers

Bill and Audrey Field
The sessions also offer support to carers of dementia sufferers

Schoolchildren and university students in Devon are helping stimulate people who are suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

Volunteers from Maynard School, Redhill School and the University of Exeter are helping with Singing for the Brain.

The programme was developed by music specialists and is organised by the Alzheimer's Society.

The society says one in three elderly people will end their lives with some form of dementia.

The singing not only helps people exercise their memories, it is is also a chance for them to socialise.

The group has grown steadily since it was set up two years ago by Jean Usher.

"Very often we find people who sing can remember things they couldn't if they were trying to speak," Ms Usher told BBC News.

"Some people who can't speak at all can remember songs."

The Singing for the Brain group in Exeter is the only one in Devon and Cornwall at the moment, but it is hoped that more will be set up more in the future.

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