A great deal of clinical research has shown music therapy to be of particular benefit to people with dementia – regardless of whether these people have a music background – in terms of cognitive stimulation, aiding the surfacing of lost skills & memories and improving overall wellbeing.
Our music therapy, Music 4 Memory, is facilitated by our qualified Music Therapist, Jeni Melia (MA, HSPC AS13861)
Therapeutic Principles of Music 4 Memory
1. All Contributions are valid
Whether vocal, physical or silent, your presence in the circle is valued. You may be someone who likes to get involved straight away, or perhaps you prefer to observe.
2. There is no 'wrong' way
Conventional rights and wrongs do not apply at Music 4 Memory. If someone needs to stand up and walk around at any point this is absolutely encouraged, and may well inspire a dance. If someone suddenly has something to say or begins to sing a different song half way through another, this can be used to move the session in a new direction.
3. Musical perfection is not an aim!
We hope to create an environment that invites, stimulates, motivates and empowers you - bringing together and celebrating our diverse qualities & experiences.
Since 2009 Music 4 Memory has been at the heart of a unique inter-generational project called Hear & Now, supported by the Philharmonia Orchestra and Orchestras Live.
Through a shared love of music, Music 4 Memory has also been proactive in expanding our dementia friendly community - joining with other local music groups for social & community events - building awareness & understanding of what it is like to live well with dementia whilst creating music together.