Redbourn Fun Run in support of Music for my Mind

The Redbourn Fun Run was launched in a special assembly at Redbourn Junior and Infant Schools and will be in support of Music for my Mind.

Our founder, Keith McAdam, visited the schools to speak to the pupils about the power of music. The annual Redbourn Fun Run will be on 20th May 2018 at the Redbourn Leisure Centre and will raise funds for Music for my Mind. There will be 1 km, 3km and 5km races, plus a relay race with teams of 4. All participants will receive a Fun Run medal and winners will receive a trophy. The first 100 children to sign up will receive a free t-shirt. There will be activities and stalls offered all day to keep the family entertained.

Keith also congratulated the two pupils, Matilda Bennett and Poppy Bullen, who won the competition to design tambourines to be shaken by the supporters and to encourage the runners.

To read more and enter the Fun Run, visit their website: http://redbournfunrun.co.uk/

Music for my Mind Charity of the Year for The Last of The Summer Ukuleles

This week the team at Music for my Mind visited a music session by The Last of The Summer Ukuleles at The Red Lion pub in Studham. They have chosen us as their charity of the year and presented our Project Assistant, Dimana Georgieva, with the first donation for the year.

The Last of the Summer Ukuleles are a group of volunteers who have gathered together to entertain people and explore their passion for the ukulele. They come from all around Hertfordshire and visit care homes, day centres and clubs, where they play everything from Formby to Cash to Oasis and The Zootons and other material from the 50s and 60s. All their proceeds go to worthy causes and this year they have generously chosen Music for my Mind.

You can read more about the group on their website, where you can see their upcoming gigs and how to book them for your own venue: http://thesummerukuleles.blogspot.co.uk/.

We’d also like to thank the team at The Red Lion in Studham, who are the hosts for the monthly meetings of the group and who provide a great service and atmosphere. If you’d like to book the venue, you can contact them here: http://www.redlion-studham.co.uk/home.

If your company or organisation would like to choose Music for my Mind as their charity of the year, don’t hesitate to contact us here.

Playlist for Life

In October 2017, we were delighted to host Sally Magnusson and Sarah Metcalfe, of Playlist of Life, at our private event – the first phase of launching Music for my Mind.

Playlist for Life is a charity that we feel closely related to. They have also witnessed the positive effects of a personally meaningful playlist for people living with dementia. It can enhance memories and interaction, improve relationships with family and overall better their quality of life. For the past year we have been in discussions on the most efficient way to help everyone living with dementia through the use of personalised music together. We are excited about the possibilities and our future projects.

You can read their article on the connection between the two charities here: https://www.playlistforlife.org.uk/music-for-my-mind 

Arts and Healthcare

MFMM bubble brain 2Scope of Arts and Health: Arts in healthcare embraces many practices including arts in medicine, design of hospitals, the arts and humanities in medical education, the arts in palliative care, creative arts therapies and arts applications with children and older people. These programmes are now found in a high proportion of health care settings: hospital wards, premature baby units, community clinics, traumatic stress and mental health facilities and in public health. Survey evidence shows these initiatives are spreading.
Evaluation studies claim a considerable array of benefits may flow from such initiatives, although in the words of the US Arts in Healthcare Society, research in the area remains ‘anecdote rich and data poor’
(Arts in Healthcare. State of the Field Report. Arts in Healthcare Society, USA, 2009,1-20).

Benefits claimed include:
• Improvements in patient wellbeing, patient and carer stress levels and mood
• Significant health outcomes e.g. improved lung function and lower blood pressure
• Reduced health care costs (less medication use & consultations per health outcome)
• Greater community engagement in health promotion and wellbeing programmes
• Improved end of life care for patients and their relatives
• Improvement in morale and retention of health care staff

Project Update

Project update

Things are moving quickly here at Music For My Mind, we have an App Developer in place as well as an experienced individual working on the monitoring devices for responses to music.

Project update Music for My MindIt looks like we may also have an experienced social worker to join the team. She has been a dementia pathfinder and founded My Home Life. It’s all systems go now so that we can start making a positive difference to people living with dementia.

We have our new logo and this website to let people know what we are doing and how they can help.

We have all the paperwork and signatures sent off to register this new charity and we have been given generous donations in order to open the bank account.

Great news too that we also have some elderly volunteers who are living with dementia and their families who have come forward to help us.

On a personal note, if you have been on this ‘dementia journey’, with a loved one, or are currently on it, at whatever stage, you will understand the feeling of helplessness that this disease instills in you.

You now recognise the tell-tale signs of dementia that had been evident much earlier but you put them down to stress or eccentricity. You feel guilty that you misjudged their behaviour as uncaring or spiteful when all the time the dementia pathology was becoming established.

Music for My Mind offers the opportunity to reconnect, a chance to experience the comfort of the familiar for both of you.

If you would like to try your own experiments with personalised music with your family or group, please let us know what happens.

 

Tony Husband illustrates the effect on carers coping with Dementia

‘Take Care, Son’ by Tony Husband

Tony Husband has kindly agreed to let us use his wonderful cartoons that so eloquently describe the journey the carer goes on as they witness the effects of dementia on a loved one.

Take Care, Son by Tony Husband

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These are taken from an award winning book “Take Care Son” where Tony used his own experiences with his Dad.

For anyone who has experienced dementia within the family this book will resonate and provoke happy memories and smiles as well as the sad memories and the realities of the disease.

The Daily Mail article ‘Saddest Goodbye‘ touched the public and won the Best Coverage of Issues Around Dementia (Barchester Healthcare Special Award).

If you would like to know more about our project then please click here.

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