Music for Dementia is joining forces with the Alzheimer’s Society to mark Dementia Action Week.
Nearly 1 million people with dementia and their families are struggling to get the support and care they need and deserve. Decades of underfunding and neglect have led to a care system that’s difficult to access and costly. Dementia isn’t curable yet, but the care system is.
Grace Meadows, Programme Director at Music for Dementia, said: “With the right support people with dementia can live a good quality of life, doing what matters most to them for as long as possible. We are encouraging people everywhere to take action over the next few days, no matter how small.
“For example, you could choose a way to share music and enjoyment with someone that matters to you and see the difference it makes to their mood and sense of wellbeing. Research and lived experiences show that music can reduce the distressing symptoms of dementia, stimulate people to express themselves and connect with their families and loved ones.
“Care providers could join our Musical Care Taskforce – a coalition of organisations and individuals from across health, care, music and dementia sectors focused on making music a part of everyday care for people living with dementia.
“The stark truth is that the number of people diagnosed with dementia is predicted to almost double by 2040 to 1.6 million. We can all play a role to transform the quality of life for people living with this condition.”
PHOTO CREDIT: Music for Dementia: Forget-Me-Not Chorus music session