Music can be very powerful for people living with dementia, it can light up emotional moments such as a first kiss, wedding song, moments with parents or friends. This allows the person living with dementia to remember beautiful memories from their past.
Music has many benefits such as reducing anxiety and depression, helping to maintain speech and language, can improve the quality of life and can positively improve the connections surrounding the person living with dementia.
This holiday season we are supporting Lost Chord, an innovative charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and well-being of those living with dementia using interactive music to increase their general awareness and self-esteem. We will be donating 5% of our online UK radio sales to support the amazing work that Lost Chord do every year in residential homes, day centres and pop-up events.
The charity was founded by Helena Muller in 1999 and from the beginning the charity worked with 11 residential homes in Rotherham. Lost Chord has now expanded across the UK to support people living with dementia and their families.
“We are unique in that we are probably the only organisation in the country which visits the same homes each month in order to build on the responses achieved in previous successive concerts. The past ten years have been an exciting journey of discovery into dealing with dementia“ Helena Muller – Founder of Lost Chord
Lost Chord produces more than 1,300 interactive musical sessions a year in 130 homes, designed to stimulate responses from people with dementia through the media of music, song and dance.
Primarily the people who benefit are people living with dementia in residential care homes and day centres throughout the area. The disease ranges in severity from those people who are in the very early stages of dementia to those who have lived with dementia for years.
Some may be undiagnosed as yet and appear to have most of their faculties, apart from an obvious memory impairment, whereas those in the later stages could be unable to walk, talk, feed themselves or at times even interact in any way at all.