22 Jan

Dementia can be alleviated by music that helps sufferers to re-discover memories, express themselves and share time with loved ones.

Almost one million people in UK are now living with dementia and this number is set to increase every year.

Music is a powerful connector and has the ability to bring people together in the here and now. It can enliven, stimulate and enable people living with dementia to express them selves creatively through musical engagement.

Research has shown and lived experiences demonstrate that music has the ability to help reduce the often-distressing symptoms of dementia, such as agitation, apathy and anxiety.

Not everyone living with dementia has access to music so organisers at www.musicfordementia2020.com have launched a nationwide campaign to make this proven therapy available to people who need help in their local area.

The campaign is backed and supported by a string of leading public figures and star names.

“Music imprints itself in the brain deeper than any other human experience. Music evokes emotion and emotion can bring memory. Music brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can.” Dr. Oliver Sacks

Music supports people living with dementia to communicate beyond words, helping them to connect with others. It supports emotional health and well being, particularly at a time when emotions can be overwhelming or difficult to process or manage. It has a valuable role to play in enhancing quality of life and supporting carers in their vital roles.

When delivered effectively, music provides a way to be with and stay connected with loved ones and carers through shared experiences.

Music for Dementia 2020 is a national campaign to make music available for everyone living with dementia by 2020. Led by The Utley Foundation, the campaign is a direct and positive response to the Commission report on Dementia and Music.

The recommendations in the report are a call to action for all. The Utley Foundation is leading the way by creating a national taskforce of stakeholders from across the music, dementia, health, social and care sectors, from people living with dementia through to MPs, to help improve the quality of life for people living with dementia through music by making it readily available and accessible.

Organisers are looking for nationwide support to help people with dementia find music related events and services in their area.

If you offer musical events and/or services, such as choirs, music groups, music therapy, dementia discos, whatever your offer – please let organisers know via the website below.

To see what local events and services are available, click here: www.musicfordementia2020.com

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