National campaign Music for Dementia 2020 has announced the launch of the first ever Musical Map for Dementia.
The aim of the map is to provide people living with dementia with information on music-based events and services in their area.
Grace Meadows, Programme Director at Music for Dementia 2020 and a senior music therapist, said: “Music for people living with dementia isn’t a nicety, it’s a necessity. I’ve witnessed first-hand the power of music in helping transform people’s lives. In every corner of the country there are talented people delivering musical services that can alleviate the often-distressing symptoms of dementia, such as agitation, apathy and anxiety but it’s vital people know where they are and how to access them.”
The campaign is calling on individual and organisations such as choirs, music groups and music therapists from across the country to submit their details for inclusion on the map.
Neil Utley, Founder and Trustee of campaign partner, The Utley Foundation, said: “Our Musical Map for Dementia will open up a whole new world for people living with dementia and those who care for them. People affected by dementia and their carers can experience social isolation and loneliness. We know from research that there are fantastic people out there already providing valuable music-based events and services. We are just asking them to tell us where they are and what they are doing so we can help promote their services to the people that need them.”
If you run any form of dementia-friendly music service or are aware of one in your local area please visit www.musicfordementia2020.com and fill out the online form.