Music for Dementia teams up with Baroness Greengross, Crossbench Peer
To mark National Social Prescribing Day, Music for Dementia teamed up with Baroness Greengross, Crossbench Peer, to write about the importance of music for people living with dementia and their carers.
To celebrate National Social Prescribing Day on March 10th, Music for Dementia teamed up with Baroness Greengross, Crossbench Peer, to write about the importance of music for people living with dementia and their carers. The piece was published in the Telegraph and is shared on Music for Dementia website;
Baroness Greengross writes in the Telegraph
Today there are 885,000 people living with dementia in the UK and the annual cost to the UK economy is £26bn. That’s more than cancer and chronic heart disease combined. By 2040 it is expected that the number of people with dementia will almost double to 1.4 million, and the impact on the already stretched NHS and UK economy will be huge. We need fresh thinking and innovation to manage a crisis like this.
Social prescribing, and specifically the prescribing of music, is not a silver bullet but it has been proved to have a dramatic impact on the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia. In recent years there has been significant developments in music therapy and music and health research by experts such as Prof. Helen Odell-Miller OBE and her team at the Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research, Prof. Sebastian Crutch, and Prof. Jason Warren, which have explored the impact of music on the brain as well as the relational aspects of musical interactions.
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