A new report providing a robust and unique examination into the benefits of music-based interventions for people with dementia was presented to an audience of medical providers, celebrities, policy-makers, academics, clinicians, and charity leaders at the House of Lords in London on Thursday, January 18.
The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), with support from The Utley Foundation, has created a Commission on Dementia and Music. The Commission explores the important role of music-based interventions in prevention, care & quality of life for people with dementia.
The power of music to improve the lives of people with dementia is known amongst experts and some caregivers. However up until now, only a few have been able to benefit, and the growing academic evidence and research base have largely been unknown. The Commission’s report pulls together evidence and highlights content to make a case for change, including recent research which suggests that regions of the brain associated with musical memory may overlap with regions relatively spared in Alzheimer’s disease.
As well as providing evidence for the benefits of music for people with dementia, the Utley Foundation is taking an important next step by funding and developing the role of an Ambassador to act as a figurehead for dementia and music. This Ambassador will lead a dedicated task force to deliver transformational change in music access for people with dementia and their carers. To date, the Utley Foundation has supported a number of initiatives and invested half a million pounds working towards an ambitious goal of giving every person living with dementia access to music.
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