To promote the growing body of evidence that music can be a powerful tool to help people living with dementia, a national campaign has been launched to demonstrate the importance of music in dementia care.
The campaign website Music for Dementia 2020 is the first ever central information hub for advice. It provides evidence-based research and expertise as well as ideas on how people living with dementia and their carers can access a wide range of musical activities – including listening to music, creating playlists, making music and music therapy.
The campaign has a clear mission - to make music available to everyone living with dementia by 2020.
The campaign has the backing of both the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC) and the Utley Foundation, who in extensive research studies have found that music therapy has the potential to improve a person’s physical health and mental wellbeing.
“ILC very much welcomes the Music for Dementia 2020 website, which responds directly to recommendations made by our Commission on Dementia and Music.
Analysis by the ILC, undertaken for the Commission, showed that music helps to significantly minimise some of the symptoms of dementia, such as agitation, and can help to tackle anxiety and depression.
Listening to the right melody can even help patients retain their speech and language skills for much longer because processing music requires a different part of the brain.
People in the advanced stages of the disease can no longer speak or understand words, which can be very upsetting for family members – but music provides them with an alternative means of communication and it’s proven to be effective."
Baroness Sallly Greengross
Chief Executive of ILC (UK)
Article first published http://www.dementiacarebexhill.org