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Music for Dementia 2020

Making music accessible for everyone living with dementia by 2020


Music for Dementia 2020 is a national campaign to help improve the quality of life for people living with dementia through music.


  photo credit Grant Newton @ Alzheimers Support

Music can alleviate anxiety, agitation and depression, it brings people together, supports mental health, communication and self-expression and how care is both offered and received.


Sadly, not everyone living with dementia has regular access to

music and this has to change. We want people living with dementia and those caring for them to be able to access a range of music offerings, from playlists and performances to interactive, participatory music making and music therapy. It’s about understanding the benefits that music can have on dementia and ensuring that people can find the right music for them, at the right time and in the right ways.


The website was launched at the beginning of the year and is a hub of information promoting the power of music in dementia care. It details the benefits, outlines the different music offers available and gives clear advice on how to make music everyday part of life for people living with dementia. We are working hard to grow our ‘musical map’ showing the amazing music offers available across the UK and this will be made live in the coming months.


What types of musical activity can you do?

  • Listen to music – have a range of music available from relaxing to stimulating, reflective to energising, Ask people that they would like to listen to during their day.
  • Sing together – singings bonds us and we can all sing!
  • Create a playlist and listen to it together, recalling memories and times shared together
  • Experience and participate in live music making
  • Work with a music therapist
  • Ask all care workers to make music a part of daily care plans

How can you help the campaign?

  • Join our task force by emailing or by subscribing on our website.
  • Create your own playlist and tell a friend
  • Encourage all care workers to make music a part of their dementia care
  • Tell everyone you know about the power of music in dementia care


But most of all sing from the rooftops that ‘music is a necessity for people living with dementia and we need to act now.’