Activities for people living with dementia.

The benefits of engaging in various activities for people living with dementia are numerous – both reported in evidence from research and in everyday case studies. Whether that’s physical, mental, social or creative activities, they all can help people affected by dementia to live well, stay independent and have an improved quality of life.

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Music and dementia.

Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears – it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear. But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more – it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life. For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity. – Oliver Sacks

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What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing is the act of referring people to relevant non-clinical services in their local area, which can help improve their well-being and health. This is done through GPs, nurses, and other health professionals, through the use of link workers. Link workers assess the needs of the individual and based on that and what services are available locally, make recommendations.

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Videos that inspire us and hopefully you too.

Time and time again we have witnessed the transformative effects of music for people living with memory loss or dementia. In fact, our founder, Prof. Keith McAdam, was inspired by this clip of Henry from the documentary Alive Inside, when he was establishing Music for my Mind.

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The Captain Tom 100 Challenge.

This campaign has now ended. We would like to invite you to help us celebrate Captain Tom Moore’s generosity of spirit and his sense of fun by taking on your own Captain Tom 100 Challenge.

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Where we’re at. An update on our app.

We have now launched version 1 of this Web App and are looking for families affected by dementia, who would like to use the App and share with us their experience of using it and their perceptions of the effect the music is having on their loved one with dementia.

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Sing from the Heart by Clare Childs

From Hertfordshire

Clare Childs shares her ‘Sing from the Heart’ project with us:

Her dementia friendly singalong started in a local care home in September 2019. Shortly after, the live singalong got postponed and she went online in March 2020. The project has gotten 140,000 videos views since. For December 2020, Clare created a musical advent calendar with daily videos for care homes, with songs to sing for residents living with memory loss or dementia (as reported by ITV News in the video below). She was inspired by her mother, who has dementia and enjoys singalongs.

Clare is now looking to develop this further to keep care homes, carers and families living with dementia connected in these isolating times! She is looking for funding that could help make that happen. Here is how to watch the videos and get in touch with Clare:

FACEBOOK Sing from the Heart – Harpenden: https://www.facebook.com/claresingfromtheheart/

YOUTUBE Sing from the Heart Harpenden: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCutgnvGbq9z0FdBDSqoEp4w

PLAYLIST Songs: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLILE2fquUYF0EJQpUWCBDqM_sFYao-vR6

INSTAGRAM: @singfromtheheartuk

TWITTER: @singfromthehea1

Sing from the Heart on ITV News