Dementia and music website

January 10, 2019

A new dementia and music website has been launched, aiming to ensure bring all the information on the benefits of music in dementia to the fore.

The Music for Dementia 2020 website is the first central information hub for advice, evidence-based research, and expertise on why music is essential for people living with dementia and their carers. Bringing the music and dementia sectors together, this website aims to demonstrate the importance of music in dementia care.

Responding to the ILC-UK’s Commission report, What would life be, without a song or dance, what are we: a report from the commission on dementia and music the dementia and music website is focused on enhancing quality of life for people living with dementia and those who care for them, by making access to information about music services easier.

‘The website is a living, dynamic source of information’, says Grace Meadows, Programme Director for Music for Dementia 2020. ‘Working with all the music, dementia, care and health communities, this site will be all encompassing and inclusive, and we want to encourage people to share their work with us so we can be making people aware of what musical activities are available in their communities and supporting access to them.’

According to research, 63.5% of carers say they have had no or not enough support. The Music for Dementia 2020 campaign is looking to change this by giving carers the support they need to access musical activities.

The website includes information on how to compile a playlist through to advice on how to find a music therapist and explains how to make music part of someone's every day routine. It incorporates insightful case studies, blogs, interactive short films, and advice and guidance from across the health, care, dementia and music sectors.

The dementia and music website is aimed at carers, professionals, practitioners, commissioners, academics and researchers, as well as people living with dementia.

The website follows the recent announcement from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, on the inclusion of musical activities, including music therapy, in care for people living with dementia to help reduce and manage dementia symptoms.

Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive of International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC), says, '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. Moreover, evidence suggests that music helps us to reconnect with loved ones with dementia.

'However, at present we know that too many people are missing out on the opportunity to engage in music-based activities. Bringing together learning and information about activities in this website will be a vital first step to widening access and opportunity for everyone.'

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says, 'Music can evoke memories, provide opportunities to share experiences and connect people to families, friends and other residents. Through shared memories and experiences music can enhance the quality of life for everyone who need care and support services.'

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