The Music for Dementia 2020 website1 was launched in January 2019. This website provides an easily accessible library of advice, evidence-based research and expertise on why music can be beneficial for people living with dementia and their caregivers.
In response to the ILC-UK Commission report, ‘What Would Life Be, Without a Song or Dance, What Are We: A Report From the Commission on Dementia and Music’,2 the website explains that this campaign is focused on the enhancing quality of life for people living with dementia and those who care for them by making access to information about available music services easier.
The website promotes a wide range of musical activities available for people living with dementia, with an appreciation that music enriches and supports personalised care and can be part of an individual’s everyday routine. Music enables people living with dementia to be more than recipients of care, it enables them to actively contribute to their communities and explore their own creativity and musicality.3
Live Music Now,4 a charity providing live musical experiences for a diverse range of people, recently published its report on how playing music can be beneficial in care homes and contributes to person-centred care. Engaging with music and truly talented musicians stimulates responses that can have a profound effect and enhance the quality of life for those taking part.5
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive, Care England, advises that “one of the biggest issues with person centred care is how do you deliver it to somebody who might be living with dementia, who might have for example, have very little communication, who can’t necessarily talk to you about their needs, preferences and wants. The answer is around building an approach to care planning that is based on the person they are. This means understanding their history, understanding their preferences, and making sure we deliver a care package that is in tune with all the things they liked before they developed dementia. Technology can really help us to deliver that high quality personal care that every single citizen has the right to expect, and that is quite difficult to deliver when people are in the advanced stages of dementia.”6
The Wellness Nordic Relax Chair from Arjo can help people living with dementia to relax through listening to soothing music and tactile stimulation, which may have a beneficial effect on their behavior and quality of life.7,8 Clinical Consultant Judy Burgess, RN, BSN, WOCN, related similar stories of those with dementia who were able to speak following sessions in the chair after periods of being unable to converse.9
1.http://www.musicfordementia2020.com/ [Accessed January 2019]