Musical Guide helps to beat isolation blues

April 9, 2020

We’ve created an inspirational Musical Guide for making the most of music’s powerful ability to connect people during COVID-19.

Our guide offers creative tips and activities to help everyone in isolation, using music as a unifying language. It is also backed by our ambassador, Lauren Laverne.

Developed for people living with dementia and their carers, the guide can be used by anyone to bring the uplifting benefit of music into the home, including:

  • Watching live-streamed concerts and performances
  • Making a playlist
  • Watching a musical film
  • Involving children in becoming musical detectives.

Download a copy of the guide

Our social media channels will also be hosting an emoji quiz to guess the activity. Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to join in the fun.

Grace Meadows, Programme Director at Music for Dementia, said: “We’ve already seen how music has played a vital role in keeping people’s spirits up across the world during isolation.

“It echoes exactly what the Music for Dementia campaign has been saying – although the feeling of isolation is an ongoing situation for people with this condition. For people living with dementia, music is a lifeline to connect in a way that nothing else can.”

Helen Foster, Director of Operations at Alzheimer’s Society says: “We are delighted that Music for Dementia has released this new guide focusing on music to support the 850,000 people living with dementia.

“Music can have such a positive effect on people with dementia. At our Singing for the Brain groups, we’ve seen people who may have become less communicative completely transform. There’s also evidence that music can improve mood and wellbeing, as well as being a powerful prompt for memories.”

“Currently, eighty percent of calls to our Dementia Connect support line are from people who are seriously concerned about the virus and the impact of self-isolation. Many face being completely cut off from the outside world, and music offers people with dementia enjoyment and the chance to connect with others.”