About #JustOneHour


#JustOneHour is inspired by research which suggests that people living with dementia in a care home can receive as little as two minutes a day social interaction. Increasing this to just one hour a week significantly improves quality of life by decreasing agitation and improving wellbeing. What better way to do this than through music!

#JustOneHour is a revolutionary campaign, we want to start a movement of people making the world a better place for those living with dementia by improving their overall quality of life through music. Taking one small step, one person at a time, just one hour.

Sign up to pledge to provide at least one hour a week of meaningful music for the individual(s) you care for. You will receive a free digital pack with information and ideas to do this, as well as access to our online community. We’re here to support you every step of the way.


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Complete the form to join the #JustOneHour community

By pledging to provide at least one hour of meaningful music a week for individual(s) living with dementia, you will officially become part of the #JustOneHour community, and you will receive a free digital welcome pack with information and resources to support you to use music in your daily care.

Why Sign up to #JustOneHour?


It’s free

You’ll be part of our community

It’s easy – less than 9 minutes a day

You’ll receive free resources from us

Including a digital pack with all information and resources you need to provide just one hour of music a week, certificate, regular email updates and more.

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The "contact email address" field is the email address for the #JustOneHour contact in your setting and where we will send a welcome pack, newsletters, and more.


We’re excited to share your stories of #JustOneHour in various settings! If you want your story to be featured on our website, you can submit your #JustoneHour story using the following template

Alexander Grange’s Story

"One resident in particular is at a very late stage in her journey and isn’t really responsive to anyone or anything, her family brought in an ipod with a speaker for her room so we could play some playlists designed by her family. Since this the resident has slowly started to talk a bit more, shout a little less and acknowledge the team in small and simple ways when they are with them."

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What is #JustOneHour?

The #JustOneHour campaign is an initiative led by Musica Music and Wellbeing CIC to encourage every caregiver in the UK to provide at least one hour of meaningful music a week for individuals living with dementia. By signing up to the campaign, you are pledging to provide at least one hour of meaningful music a week for the individual(s) you care for. In return you will receive a digital pack full of information, tips and resources to help you fulfil your pledge.

Is the campaign only for care homes?

No, the campaign is for every caregiver, whether you operate a care home, hospital, or are an unpaid caregiver, we would love to see you pledge.

Someone else from my care setting has already pledged on the setting’s behalf, can I pledge too?

We are asking that only one contact from each care setting makes the pledge. However, if additional members of staff would also like to receive the digital pack and emails please do drop us an email – justonehour@musica-music.co.uk and we will add you to our mailing list

Do I need special equipment to take part in #JustOneHour?

No, that’s the beauty of it. We will provide you with information on many different ways to use music with the individual(s) you care for whether you have access to certain technologies (i.e. Spotify, iPads etc) or not.

Do I need to provide a whole hour of music in one go?

No, we would recommend that you spread the hour over the week, ideally offering music daily, but as a minimum offering it 3 times a week

Is one hour a week enough?

We recommend that one hour a week is a minimum, of course many people are providing more than one hour a week, but research also shows that some people living with dementia receive as little as 14 minutes of social interaction a week, and so we want to encourage everyone to provide AT LEAST one hour of meaningful music a week

Why Music?

Music if used meaningfully, can provide enormous benefits in dementia care. Below we share 10 different ways that music can support the wellbeing of individuals living with dementia:

Mood – Listening to or participating with music can help to regulate emotions and increase experience of positive emotional states

Agitation – Familiar music can help to reduce experience of agitation by meeting social needs and supporting a sense of self

Mealtimes – playing background music at mealtimes has been shown to support an increase in food and water intake

Sleep – Listening to music around 60-80bpm can help to lower blood pressure, relax muscle tension and support a good night’s sleep

Exercise – Listening to music can be a great way to engage with physical movement releasing endorphins as a result

Self Identity – Listening to music that we associate with meaningful memories can help to support feelings of self-identity

Memory Recall – Music that is meaningful can often help to bring back long-lost memories, and as a result can help caregivers have a deeper understanding of the individual(s) that they care for

Communication –  Music can be used as a communication tool if verbal communication is limited. Likewise, you might find that individuals who find it difficult to communicate may still be able to sing familiar songs word for word.

Anxiety – Studies have found that listening to music can lower your body's levels of cortisol, a hormone that can contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety

Social Interactions – Experiencing music together can help to provide meaningful connections and improve social interactions which are much longer-lasting than the music itself

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