I have a question about music and dementia

Outlined below are a number of frequently asked questions relating to dementia. There is a lot of information available about dementia and the group of symptoms associated with the decline in memory and other cognitive skills which reduces a person’s ability to perform everyday activities and tasks. We have highlighted some key information and offered links to other information sources for you to explore.

Please contact us if you have a specific question.

What is dementia?

The Department of Health’s National Dementia Strategy provides a useful definition of dementia.

“The term ‘dementia’ is used to describe a syndrome which may be caused by a number of illnesses in which there is progressive decline in multiple areas of function, including decline in memory, reasoning, communication skills and the ability to carry out daily activities.

Alongside this decline, individuals may develop behavioural and psychological symptoms such as depression, psychosis, aggression and wandering, which cause problems in themselves, which complicate care, and which can occur at any stage of the illness.

The causes of these illnesses are not well understood to date but they all result in structural and chemical changes in the brain leading to the death of brain tissue. The main sub-types of dementia are: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, mixtures of these two pathologies (‘mixed dementia’) and rarer types such as Lewy body dementia, dementia in Parkinson’s disease and frontotemporal dementia.

The term ‘Alzheimer’s disease’ is used sometimes as a shorthand term to cover all forms of dementia. The dementias all share the same devastating impact on those affected and their family carers. Dementias affect all in society irrespective of gender, ethnicity and class. They can affect adults of working age as well as older adults. People with learning disabilities are a group at particular risk.”

Click here  for some useful information leaflets – provided by Dementia UK

What do we mean by ‘music-based’ interventions’?

The term ‘music-based interventions’ is used throughout the website to refer to a very broad range of activity and approaches, both formal and informal. This term is used in a collective sense in order to refer to this range of work, but it is also important at certain points to speak of specific styles and methods.

Steps to send us feedback about the Musical Map for Dementia site and our Music for Dementia 2020 website.

We’re always looking for ways to improve the Musical Map for Dementia and our Music for Dementias 2020 website and would love to hear from you. Tell us what you like, what you don’t like, or about any bugs you have found – info@m4d2020.com 

If you have feedback about a specific event or service?

In the first instance please contact the event leader and or organisation. If you would also like to inform us please email info@m4d2020.com

Please click here for other useful links.

Do you offer grants?

The Utley Foundation is committed to working the music and dementia space. We recognise that there are many excellent activities that need funding. While we welcome organisations to apply for funding if they feel that their project fits with our grant guidelines, please note that we do not ordinarily accept unsolicited applications. For our application guidelines, please refer to www.utleyfoundation.org.uk.

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