m4d Radio our specialist dementia radio station, is one year old and we’re celebrating in style. Listeners can enjoy fabulous playlists from a stellar line-up of celebs each day between 28 June and 3 July.
Former ‘Strictly’ judge Len Goodman, Coronation Street stars Shobna Gulati and Jennie McAlpine, broadcaster Dan Walker, and actresses Angela Lonsdale, Vicky McClure and Julie Hesmonhalgh are among those to contribute their favourite tunes and messages in support.
Grace Meadows, Campaign Director for Music for Dementia says: “It is noticeable how dementia has impacted the lives of many of these celebrities, which reflects the situation in society as a whole. We’re grateful that they’re willing to share their experiences with our audience of carers and people living with dementia.
“Music has the power to enliven, stimulate and enable people to express themselves. It’s easy to see from looking at these playlists how some of these individual songs can uplift the spirits, calm someone if they are agitated, and use past memories to connect in the here and now.”
M4d Radio was launched in June 2020 specifically for people living with dementia and their carers. A direct response to the cessation of live music performances and isolation due to the pandemic, it offers era-specific music 24/7 straight to people’s homes. The station has won two care industry awards and multiple plaudits from listeners.
5 ways to use music guide
A new ‘5 ways to use music’ guide with how-to tips, created especially for carers, is also now available on the radio website’s information page, ready to download and print off for easy reference.
The guide is written by experts in their fields or experts by experience such as Music for Dementia’s Director, Grace Meadows, Dame Arlene Phillips and Neuroscientists Dr Sophie Scott and Catherine Loveday. It explains how listeners and carers can use music to change mood, physically connect, create conversation, encourage exercise and movement, and make new memories. Practical tips include information on volume and hearing, timing, personal care and routine.
To accompany the week’s programme a downloadable activity sheet, based on the 5 ways to use music, is also available. It’s aimed at helping carers start to incorporate music into every day, harnessing its power to enhance the lives of those they care for.