Music is truly magical - it can alleviate isolation and the symptoms for those living with dementia by helping to unlock special memories and express emotions and feelings that other forms of communication cannot, even if the individual is no longer able to speak or respond to other people’s words.
Music therapy differs from a sing-a-long or listening to music. Our trained and award-winning therapists, whose life-enhancing work is funded by charitable donations, interact directly with our care home residents through almost 11,000 live music therapy sessions each year. This can be through singing, playing simple percussion instruments or responding to musical cues, as well as the exchange of verbal, facial, vocal and bodily expressions in a one-to-one or group setting.
It’s not until you lose the power of speech that you realise what a crucial element it is for self-expression and communication with others. However, it is through the unique interaction of music therapy that our therapists are able to help reduce the anxiety and agitations which dementia can cause, as well as help staff understand possible causes of these symptoms.
With no statutory funding, we need the support of amazing people like you to continue delivering these sessions and help bring music into the lives of even more people living with dementia.
With the assistance of a music therapists’ observations of a person’s remaining cognitive functions during sessions and engagement, other health professionals, carers and family members are able to make better informed decisions on care and medication and manage the individual’s day-to-day symptoms and interactions.
Help us on a musical mission to enhance the lives of our older generation living with dementia. Whether it’s by doing something crazy like taking part in one of our challenging activities, inviting family or friends to your very own fun-filled fundraising activity or making a donation, every penny you contribute will make a huge difference to older people’s lives.