It’s hard seeing loved ones grow older and struggle in the later stages of life. We can all relate to this feeling, especially when faced with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
Across the UK there are currently 433,000 older or physically disabled people living in residential care homes. Shockingly there are currently 850,000 people living with dementia. Sadly, care homes are frequently faced with budget constraints which means that even if they are able to afford one off ‘entertainment’ provision, they cannot necessarily provide regular stimulating, high quality activities and sufficient support for people living with dementia.
Through extensive research we know that taking part in musical activities can be really beneficial for older adults, particularly those living with dementia. Listening to music can help to reduce agitation and anxiety, and improve cognitive function and communication.
Memory for music is one thing which can be preserved in dementia, and listening to music can improve present mood, reduce agitation, and improve sense of identity and self-fulfilment.
With your help we want to expand our proven music programme to reach individuals living with dementia and other forms of cognitive physical impairment that can be rolled out across care homes and integrated into the daily routine without costing the care home a single penny! We will be able to train and support care staff to use music as part of their daily care, and to provide individualised playlists for the people that they care for.
We want you to help make that difference. Please help us by donating through our crowdfunding page.