What would life be, without a song or dance, what are we: a report from the commission on dementia and music

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Bowell, Sally; Bamford, Sally Marie
International Longevity Centre - UK
Date of publication
18 January 2018
Social Policy, Mental health services, Older Adults
Social welfare
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With the number of people living with dementia in the UK expected to reach one million by 2025, this is a hugely important issue for society as a whole, and one which the ILC-UK has focussed on for over ten years.

Whilst dementia and music might seem like a niche topic, the work of the Commission has, for the first time, brought together experts, specialists, and people with dementia to examine the topic holistically. The Commission has outlined the value and benefits of music for people with dementia, whilst also looking at the important next steps which can be taken to ensure that everyone with dementia is able to access music.

The report provides a unique exploration of the existing ecosystem of music for people with dementia and brings together for the first time a wide range of evidence, including academic papers and written and oral evidence. Site visits to observe projects in action were also fundamental in bringing to light the value of this field of work.

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