The Music for Dementia 2020 campaign has beefed up its online support through using its data base to create a map of musical support for those with dementia.
Charities involved in providing music services for people with dementia are being urged to help compile the UK’s first online ‘musical map of dementia’.
The Music for Dementia 2020 website, which is run by charitable trust the Utley Foundation, brings together charities, health organisations and social care professionals to campaign for making music a vital part of dementia support.
It has ramped up its online support by launching a musical map of dementia, which aims to provide those affected by the condition with information about music-based services in their area. Those involved in such support are being asked to contact the website to ensure the map is as up to date and comprehensive as possible.
The campaign says that music has a range of benefits to supporting those with dementia, including relieving agitation, apathy and anxiety. “But it is vital people know where they are and how to access them,” said Music for Dementia 2020 Programme Director Grace Meadows.
She said: “Music for people living with dementia isn’t a nicety, it’s a necessity. I’ve witnessed first-hand the power of music in helping transform people’s lives.” The campaign has created an online form for charities and others involved in dementia and music to fill out.
The map works by visitors to the campaign website inputting their postcode and distance they are able to travel.
Neil Utley, Founder and Trustee of The Utley Foundation, said: “Our musical map for dementia will open up a whole new world for people living with dementia and those who care for them. People affected by dementia and their carers can experience social isolation and loneliness."
"We know from research that there are fantastic people out there already providing valuable music-based events and services. We are just asking them to tell us where they are and what they are doing so we can help promote their services to the people that need them.”
In May this year BBC radio and TV presenter Lauren Laverne was named an ambassador for the campaign.