The long awaited Power of Music report created by Music for Dementia and UK Music has now been released and shows how music can be used to benefit communities to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation. The idea reflected in the report is to integrate music into our health care and education, unlocking its full therapeutic value.
To achieve this, the culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries will appoint the UK’s first Power of Music Commissioner to champion future developments in this area. This will be supported by a public awareness campaign and an online information platform to be developed by Universal Music.
The report highlighted that music therapy not only reduces agitation but also reduces the need for medication in 67 % of people with dementia.
Kelly Bleasdale, Senior Manager for Essex Dementia Care comments “At EDC we are focussed on enabling our clients to continue enjoying an active, independent lifestyle for as long as possible. Our activity based group sessions based in Bradwell, Braintree, Sandon, Chelmsford and Broomfield, Chelmsford offer a wide variety of fun and inspiring leisure activities. Because we have always believed in the deeply therapeutic power of music, it plays a starring role in our activity sessions. Clients enjoy singing along, recognising familiar songs, and listening to music as part of their day with us. We have witnessed first-hand how music lifts the spirit and provides a calming effect on clients in a group setting. We will continue to explore more ways to integrate music into not only our activity sessions but also into the One2One tailored sessions we offer.
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