Music for Dementia encourages the UK to listen to 30 minutes of music a week with a loved one during World Alzheimer’s Month, which starts today (September 1).
Music for Dementia’s campaign #powerof30 is supported by actor Christopher Eccleston, who has personal experience caring for a relative with dementia.
For the 850,000 people living in the UK with dementia – of which the most common cause is Alzheimer’s – music is an important way for carers, family and friends to connect with them and enrich and enhance quality of life. Music can help reduce isolation and support communication for people with the condition and those who care for them, and reduce the need for medication.
Music for Dementia has produced the Five ways to use music leaflet to support care teams to integrate music into care.
Grace Meadows, campaign director at Music for Dementia said: “Music can be hugely beneficial to people living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia as it has the power to enliven, stimulate and enable people to express themselves.
“For people living with dementia in care settings we are asking care workers and managers to sign our #powerof30 campaign to show their support in making music an integral part of dementia care for people living with dementia in care homes and those supported in their own homes.”