Music for Dementia is a cross-sector campaign to make music a routine part of dementia care, which includes more than 200 organisations from the NHS, care sector, third sector and music sector plus thousands of individual supporters.
Music for Dementia believes that everyone living with dementia should have free access to music as part of their care whatever their circumstances.
Research has proven that music has a unique power to:
- Reduce the need for anti-psychotic medication by up to 67%
- Reduce the behavioural and psychological symptoms of the condition (such as anxiety, agitation, and depression)
- Provide a channel for communication with family members and carers
- Enable people to connect with themselves and those around them
- Enhance and enrich quality of care
- Create meaningful moments of joy
The campaign reports that “all over the country there are pockets of excellence, where GPs are prescribing music, musicians are leading dementia choirs and music therapists are providing specialist services. Carers and individual families are discovering the difference that can be made to the life of someone living with dementia, by choosing the right song or piece of music at the right time.”
In order to widen the reach of the power of music, and help more people living with dementia, the campaign calls for the following:
- Raising awareness of the power of music through TV programmes such as Our Dementia Choir to reach all families with life-changing information
- Embedding music into all dementia policies including the national dementia strategy
- Support for health and social care providers to include music as part of the care they offer
- Greater funding for initiatives such as dementia choirs, live music making sessions and music therapy
Music for Dementia invites you to sign up as a supporter, you can do this by visiting their website.