TV and radio presenter Lauren Laverne has urged people living with dementia, their families and carers to build music playlists this Christmas with the launch of free guides.
The Music for Dementia 2020 guides include practical advice for those with dementia and their carers on how to build a playlist on a variety of platforms, including Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Google Play and Amazon Music.
Lauren said: “I have seen first-hand the deep conversations, comfort and ongoing legacy that can grow out of creating a playlist with a loved one. It was something I did with my dad before he died of kidney disease last year. I want this to be available to everyone who has a loved one living with dementia.”
The festive season can be a stressful time for those living with dementia, their families and carers as usual routines are disrupted. However, creating a personalised playlist can reduce some of the symptoms of dementia such as agitation, as well as bringing people together to build an emotional connection, facilitate conversations and create memories.
Neil Utley, Founder and Trustee of The Utley Foundation, said: “As someone who is involved in the music industry and just loves music, I am delighted that the Music for Dementia 2020 Campaign and Playlist for Life have come together to promote these guides.
“We know the devastating impact dementia can have, not just on the individual but their families and carers too. Everyone living with dementia should be offered music as part of their care. We are calling on the music industry, health and social care sectors, and the general public to work with us to make it free and easy for people with dementia to access music.”