Abbeyfield completes pioneering dementia music project

Elderly people’s housing and care charity, The Abbeyfield Society, has become the first organisation in the UK to receive accreditation from a pioneering dementia music programme.

Abbeyfield’s ‘Making Music Project,’ funded by The People’s Postcode Trust and delivered using tools and training developed by Playlist for Life, aims to document how personally meaningful music can ease dementia symptoms for those living with the condition.

April Dobson, Head of Dementia Innovation at Abbeyfield, and project lead, said: “The project has really been such a success and, in conjunction with the People’s Postcode Trust and Playlist for Life, we have been able to use music to connect with people living with the condition.

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“This has meant so much to them, their families and their friends, and our teams of staff and volunteers. We cannot wait to roll this out across Abbeyfield and continue to make a real difference to the lives of those living with dementia.”

The pilot programme, which involved residents at 19 care homes, documented how a personal music playlists can help reduce anxiety, agitation and depression in people living with dementia.

The innovation can also help recall memories and reduce medication use.

Moving forward, Abbeyfield is investigating an expansion of the project to include people with dementia living in their own homes who receive care and support from domiciliary care workers.

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