Music for Dementia has launched an Internet radio station for people living with dementia and their carers. M4d Radio is free to listeners and available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
The group of five radio stations, which have been compiled through focus group research and feedback, are designed to follow the rhythm of the day from waking to bedtime and through the night.
Listeners can tune into the mix station or one of four further stations playing music by decade from the 1930s to the 1970s. The mix station is specifically designed for care homes, providing a mix from across the decades, suitable for larger groups to enjoy listening to together.
The stations are available via any Internet-enabled device, including computers, tablets, mobile phones, smart TVs and Alexas. Included in the varied programme content are sessions of music to move to, music from musicals, soothing tracks for sundowning and night-time and featured artists.
The launch is supported by Lauren Laverne, Music for Dementia’s ambassador (pictured), who has recorded a welcome for listeners. She and fellow celebrities have also pledged to highlight m4d Radio via a social media video campaign #Song4You. They are dedicating a song to for someone close to them who is isolating in lockdown, to be played on the station in the coming weeks.
Lauren said: “We all instinctively know how music can help connect us to others, but for people living with dementia, music provides a lifeline. When words fail, music has the power to reach people emotionally and in many cases trigger memories.
“M4d Radio is a vital resource that aims to stop those living with dementia feeling isolated, especially during these unprecedented times and this is a simple way that everyone can help. We’d love to see as many people as possible getting involved in the #Song4You challenge, help build the m4d Radio playlist and crucially, help improve the wellbeing of so many who are affected by this awful disease.”
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to provide feedback or request to join a regular focus group.