Only music reached my wife after dementia hit, says John Suchet

December 6, 2020

The Guardian: When John Suchet discovered the effect that music had on his wife Bonnie’s dementia, it was transformational. “She would close her eyes and love it, beat in time to the music with her hands, tap her feet,” he said.

The former ITN newscaster’s wife had lost her ability to speak. She had been locked inside her head, sitting blankly, apparently unable to make sense of the outside world.

“Music just seems to get through to them,” Suchet told the Observer. “I just want carers to be aware that music is a very, very powerful tool.”

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