• Debbie Thrower

Music and dementia – on a day to remember

Updated: Oct 8

Marking the importance of age in our times this 1 October – International Day of Older Persons.

You might be interested in the role of music and dementia explored by Musica. On page four of The Carer magazine this past week, Rosie Mead, CEO of Musica Music and Wellbeing describes how music makes such a difference in the lives of people living with dementia.

Music and our identities are closely bound. Playing the music which appeals most to someone living with the disease can not only soothe but unlock memories and enhance self esteem.

'Music,' writes Rosie, 'is a way of presenting our identities. Everyone has a favourite song and songs that have been meaningful throughout their lives, such as a wedding song, songs you listened to in your teenage years, and songs that remind you of certain people. Music is powerful in this way. It can jog memories, and ignite a sense of self-worth. It is part of who we are and our life experience.'

Musica, established in 2010, offers a free introduction to music and dementia.

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