Grandmother with Dementia Starts Singing in French After Using Music App

August 29, 2018

Ginette Koonjean, 71, was born in Mauritius but moved to the UK 50 years ago and stopped speaking in French years ago as her condition deteriorated.

The retired nurse, who had been part of a choir, had also stopped singing over 10 years ago. But then she used the MindHarp, a tool which can be played on an iPad and has been shown to help people with dementia engage with music and interact with people. She then sang a full rendition of song in French – much to the surprise of her carers and family.

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