Musical guide launched to beat the COVID-19 isolation blues

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A musical guide is being launched to help care home residents beat the isolation blues during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Backed by broadcaster and Music for Dementia 2020 ambassador Lauren Laverne (pictured with a resident), the guide offers creative tips and activities to help everyone in isolation, using music as a unifying language.

Grace Meadows, Senior Music Therapist and Programme Director at Music for Dementia 2020, said: “We’ve already seen how music has played a vital role in keeping people’s spirits up across the world during isolation. It echoes exactly what the Music for Dementia 2020 campaign has been saying – although the feeling of isolation is an ongoing situation for people with this condition. For people living with dementia, music is a lifeline to connect in a way that nothing else can.”

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Originally developed for people living with dementia and their carers, the practical Musical Guide can be used by anyone to bring the uplifting benefit of music into the home, including:

Watching live-streamed concerts and performances

Making a playlist

Watching a musical film

Involving children in becoming musical detectives.

Many music organisations have already made their services available digitally and these are being added to Music for Dementia 2020’s digital Musical Map, an advice hub of virtual events and activities that people living with dementia can participate in.

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