There is a growing recognition that exposure to the arts can help dementia sufferers to reconnect with themselves and even slow their rate of decline. Increasingly, music is helping doctors and carers reach those who have become stranded by this debilitating condition.

Next week Turtle Song, a scheme run by English Touring Opera, will begin a unique songwriting project for those with dementia and their companions. It will be based at the Wardens Centre, near Aldeburgh, Suffolk, and run until early June, with professional musicians from the company guiding the participants through the process of creating and performing an entire song cycle. A similar scheme will take place at Clare College, Cambridge, in the autumn.

The charity Arts4Dementia announced last week that it had involved major London venues in a scheme to benefit those in the early stages of the disease. They can try drawing at the Wallace Collection and the National Portrait Gallery, or scriptwriting, drama, music, poetry and photography at Cadogan Hall, the Photographers’ Gallery and the National Theatre.

Source: Observer

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/apr/15/power-song-helping-people-dementia

15th April 2012

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