The Trustees of Arts 4 Dementia announce the publication of Music Reawakening: Musicianship and Access for Early to Mid Stage Dementia - The Way Forward, published on World Alzheimer's Day 2015. The report presents
- Music as rehabilitation for people affected by dementia
- Integration of artistic stimulation into the Dementia Care Pathway.
Highly effective non-pharmacological rehabilitation for early to mid stage dementia, engaging in arts activity - especially music - reawakens and exercises the brain. Singing opera choruses, in a choir, helping to create opera, learning to play an instrument, playing in an orchestra can help bypass symptoms of dementia and restore sense of purpose for those coping with a recent diagnosis of dementia and their carers.
A4D aims for the integration of arts participation, notably musical stimulation, into the dementia care pathway, so that when people receive a diagnosis that their brain is deteriorating they should at the same time be directed to artistic opportunities so as to help maintain cognitive function and preserve confidence and fulfilling social life in the community for as long as possible.
A4D invites memory and care services to liaise with music organisations to provide this re-energising service.
Leading figures in the field of music for dementia spoke at the launch of Music Reawakening in the offices of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation at King's Place, under the chairmanship of
Veronica Franklin Gould (A4D chief executive)
Harry Cayton CBE (A4D patron), chief executive, Professional Standards Authority
Tim Yealland, head of education, English Touring Opera
Andrew Baker, leader, BUDI Orchestra
Chris Norris, horn player with young onset dementia
Baroness Greengross OBE (A4D patron), chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia
Dr Charles Alessi (A4D advisor), senior advisor and lead on preventable dementia, Public Health England
Dr Trish Vella-Burrows, deputy director, Sidney de Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health