MUSIC STUDENTS PERFORM FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA AND CARERS IN KINGSTON
The new charity Arts 4 Dementia announces an educational partnership programme to inaugurate a new career path for music students. Bringing artistic stimulation to people with dementia, they are providing inspirational relief from memory loss.
Live Music Now, whose talented musicians perform in hospitals and care homes, gave workshops to students at Kingston University. Each student, matched to a family for musical taste by Cathy Weight, manager of Age Concern Kingston, performed weekly for a person with dementia and their partner at home. In return, Angie Tabbiner, studying jazz at the university sang and Live Music Now played at Age Concern’s Saturday Club.
The programme was co-ordinated by Veronica Franklin Gould, who founded Arts 4 Dementia to bridge a vital gap, to help re-energise and inspire people in the early stages of dementia, and their carers.
Kingston University students are inviting the families to whom they play to a concert, at the university’s Coombehurst Studio on Tuesday 4 October at 1.15 pm. Journalists are welcome.
Says Angie Tabbiner, student: ‘It’s wonderful to feel I can help towards someone’s healing using my vocal skills. I feel part of something special. It’s exhilarating, watching someone wake up from sleep and recall their dream in great detail.’
Says Ken, who has with dementia: 'How could we live without music?’ His wife Chris adds: This should be made available for all Alzheimer’s Patients. It stimulates the brain and helps the patient’s memory.’
Says Veronica Franklin Gould: Arts 4 Dementia: ‘Seeing evidence of people rediscovering their voice, delving into their memories, I hope that universities who offer courses in arts therapies for moderate to advanced dementia, will extend their programme to focused arts courses to stimulate people in the earlier stages.’
Notes to Editors:
- According to Alzheimer’s Research UK, there are 820,000 people living with dementia in England and Wales. Two-thirds live in the community; those with moderate to advanced dementia may attend day care centres and benefit from artistic stimulation, but many more people, mildly affected for years, live at home, anxious to retain the undamaged part of their brain.
- Contact: Veronica Franklin Gould, Chief Executive Arts 4 Dementia. firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 020 8780 5217.