Our new internet radio station created for people living with dementia and their carers – has launched.
m4d Radio is free to listeners and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Through careful focus group research and feedback the music has been curated to provide an instant source of meaningful and appropriate music at any time of the day or night.
The group of five radio stations is the culmination of months of planning and collaboration, with the programming schedules designed to follow the rhythm of the day from waking to bedtime and right through the night.
What can I listen to?
Listeners can tune into the mix station or one of four further stations playing music by decade from the 1930s to the 1970s. Included in the varied programme content are sessions on:
- Music to move to
- Music from the musicals
- Soothing tracks for sundowning and nighttime
- Featured artists
In addition to being free, m4d Radio is non-commercial and does not contain any advertisements, which can be distracting or confusing for people living with dementia. Similarly, the talking sections of each programme are kept to a minimum while giving structure to the schedule by highlighting upcoming or just-played tracks.
How can I listen in?
m4d Radio is available at m4dradio.com via any internet-enabled device including computers, tablets, mobile phones, smart TVs and Alexas.
Support from Lauren Laverne
The launch of m4d Radio is being supported by our ambassador Lauren Laverne, who has recorded a welcome message for the stations and is also spearheading a celebrity song dedication campaign on social media. The #Song4You campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is gathering a following of celebrities dedicating a song to someone they know who is affected by dementia.
Lauren said: “We all instinctively know how music can help connect us to others, but for people living with dementia music provides a lifeline.
“When words fail, music has the power to reach people emotionally and in many cases trigger memories.
“m4d Radio is a vital resource that aims to stop those living with dementia feeling isolated, especially during these unprecedented times and this is a simple way that everyone can help.
“We’d love to see as many people as possible getting involved in the #Song4You challenge, help build the m4d Radio playlist and crucially, help improve the wellbeing of so many who are affected by this awful disease.”
Music for Dementia Programme Director, Grace Meadows, says: “We know that music enriches the lives of people living with dementia and during lockdown the benefits of music for everyone have become even more felt. Providing a choice of era-specific stations to cater for different age groups means the music on m4d Radio has more resonance to enhance quality of life.
“There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and m4d Radio brings music direct to their homes. The initiative amplifies Music for Dementia’s aim of making music freely available to this ever-growing group of people.
”We are continually developing the content on the station and welcome involvement and feedback from people living with dementia and their carers to provide a station that’s a first port of call for music that means something more.”
How can I support m4d Radio and Music for Dementia?
- Spread the word to friends and family – statistics show that 1 in 3 of us knows someone living with dementia who could benefit from becoming a regular listener.
- Send your feedback and suggestions for content sections to help us provide what you need, when you need it. Better still, join our focus group to help shape the station further. Email us at [email protected] to indicate your interest
- Tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram when you’re listening, so we know what you are enjoying.