FAQ - Music for Dementia

I have a question about music and dementia

We have highlighted some key information about dementia below and offered links to other information sources for you to explore. Please contact us if you have a specific question.

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.”

Dementia UK also provides some useful information leaflets

This encompasses a broad range of activity and approaches, both formal and informal – from playlists to music therapy and everything in between – singing in choirs, interactive music making, live performances and entertainment, listening to music.

We’re always looking for ways to improve both websites 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@musicfordementia.org.uk 

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

Please click here for other useful links

The Utley Foundation is committed to working across many aspects of the music and dementia sector. 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.