Music can be a huge help for people with dementia.
In breakdown of memory it can be a case of first in, last out with regards music. This is why it can be such a helpful tool in the later stages.
No matter the genre, music can sooth, stimulate and bring to mind some long-forgotten memories.
In 2019 Music for Dementia launched. It’s an information hub for advice, evidence-based research and expertise on why music is essential for people with the condition.
Later in 2019, it launched a musical map for people to find music services in their local area and earlier this year (2020) it launched a new initiative to highlight the positive impact music can have for people with the condition in the form of guides on creating a personalised playlist.
Music for Dementia has been a big help to lots of our service users, so we are thrilled that it has now launched a guide for people with dementia with advice on incorporating music into their daily lives while under the current lockdown restrictions.
Music for Dementia guide for people during COVID-19
The guide includes suggestions such as having a musical conversation with someone via phone or video call. It also urges people to learn to play an instrument, experience a virtual concert or watch their favourite musical film.
Grace Meadows, Senior Music Therapist and Programme Director at Music for Dementia 2020, said on its website: “We’ve already seen how music has played a vital role in keeping people’s spirits up across the world during isolation.
“Although the feeling of isolation is an ongoing situation for people with this condition. For people living with dementia, music is a lifeline to connect in a way that nothing else can.”
You can find more information and download the guide here.