New research initiative on music and dementia launched
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Music for Dementia, Casio Music UK and care provider MHA have joined forces to launch new research project ‘Light up my life’.

The aim of the study is to improve access to music participation and support, with the goal of enhancing quality of life of those living with dementia.

Grace Meadows, Campaign Director at Music for Dementia, spoke about the project: “The launch of ‘Light up my life’ is hugely exciting for us. We’re confident that the participants of the project will truly benefit and enjoy playing their new light up key keyboards. World Alzheimer’s Day marks an important date for those living with dementia and we’re proud that we can say this is a step in the right direction for providing access to meaningful music to those who need it most.”

The lighting key LK-S250 keyboards being used, provided by Casio, are ideal for beginners, and have a light-up key feature which provides heightened stimulation, resulting in the pleasure and satisfaction of anyone being able to play music independently.

Carers and music therapists are to receive training in using the light up keyboards and their special features, with suggested musical activities and easy-to-follow piano lessons. During the 12 week study they will then use the keyboards to engage with residents in a variety of ways in individual and group music sessions.

It is hoped that the insights gained will shape the development of future musical activities for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and will help to tailor a unique musical offering with supporting resources to improve access to music participation and care.

You can register for updates on the project via the Casio website. To learn more about Music and dementia visit Music for Dementia, where you can also add your name to the list of signatories believing that music should be an integral part of dementia care.

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