Case Study

Hazel’s dementia story

“Dementia took away my husband’s ability to speak; Music Makes Us! helped us reconnect”

Hazel’s husband Robert, 92, was diagnosed with vascular dementia with Lewy bodies in December 2018 following a heart attack and a stroke.

Hazel, a former teacher from Northwich, Cheshire, gave up work to care for Robert after realising he was no longer safe at home on his own.

Hazel discovered The Brain Charity’s Music Makes Us” programme for people living with dementia. The workshops – which combine singing with speech and language therapy and dance with physiotherapy and were previously held in care homes – moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When you’re caring for a partner with dementia, it means so much to have that connection through music with them and see them smiling and happy.”

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