Understandably many of the dementia-friendly musical activities and services listed on this map have been postponed, some have moved their offer virtually. Please contact the provider for further details.

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Musical Shares Dementia Friendly Music Videos

We know that having three national lockdowns due to a World pandemic is likely to have an impact on most peoples’ mental health, particularly those in community settings, who are living with dementia and currently unable to receive visitors due to the Covid-19 restrictions. So we have put together these five videos for you to use either in a group setting (care home) or in the family home.

What are they and what’s included?
A series of five Musical Shares videos, each lasting 45 minutes and featuring players from Orchestra of the Swan, playing a number of classical favourites, with downloadable song sheets and guidance notes for interactive sessions. Each session is structured to encourage conversation with family or carers and each video comes with a downloadable song sheet and guidance notes. Don’t forget to download the song sheets to make the sessions interactive. The downloads can be found below each video.

Who are they for?
They provide a relaxed and friendly musical experience for everyone, but especially for those living with dementia. Music is a powerful connector, particularly for those living with dementia, so it is important that music remains a feature in their day-to-day lives, to stay and feel connected, and reducing feelings of social isolation that some may feel. We hope that by offering these free videos within the community, we can bring a little light relief into what could be a very stressful time.

Benefits:
  • Lowers anxiety
  • Reduces loneliness
  • Lowers agitation
  • Improves memory
  • Improves cognitive skills
  • Involves carers
  • Bereavement support
  • Enhancing spiritual activity
  • Self expression
  • Creative expression and stimulation
  • Cognitive stimulation
  • Motivation
  • Physical engagement
  • Social connections – supporting relationships
  • Maintenance or development of identity and self
  • Facilitating communication
  • Pleasure and enjoyment
  • Contributing to a creative outcome
Phases:
  • Living well