Manchester Camerata options in music and dementia documentary

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A brand new BBC documentary examines the constructive impacts of music on dementia, and highlights the work being carried out on this area by the Manchester Camerata orchestra.

Round 900,000 folks within the UK reside with dementia and there’s presently no treatment. The documentary Dementia, Music and Us follows the Camerata and its ‘Music In Thoughts’ music remedy workshops, that are having a profoundly constructive affect on these dwelling with dementia.

Whereas music can usually be used to reawaken recollections from the previous, these progressive classes assist these dwelling with dementia to centre themselves within the current. The programme follows the folks making the workshops occur, in addition to discovering out what affect they’ve had on attendees.

The progressive music remedy devised by Manchester Camerata shouldn’t be solely serving to households dwelling with dementia: it is also serving to to create new recollections. For instance, Keith was recognized with dementia when he was 53 and alongside together with his companion, Joan, he has been attending music workshops with Manchester Camerata for greater than 5 years.

We observe the couple’s story, as they and their associates carry out music collectively. Additionally they write their very own new tune to sing on their first group vacation with different households impacted by dementia.

Dementia and music documentary features Manchester Camerata

Keith, pictured with Amina from Manchester Camerata, has been attending music workshops with the orchestra for greater than 5 years

The couple consider that these teams have had a profound impact. Joan says, ‘I feel the factor that saved us was the primary ever music group we went to as a result of from that group it opened different teams up for us. It has been unbelievable.’ Keith provides, ‘I reside life each week. Not every single day, each week as a result of I’ve bought music classes.’

These progressive workshops are spreading via folks like Beth, a carer from Liverpool whose profession drastically modified route throughout the pandemic. After volunteering as a carer, she fell in love with the career and now works full time in care houses.

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Beth is now rolling out music workshops throughout all of the care houses the place she works, and is mentored by Amina, the Camerata’s principal flutist and lead music therapist. Armed with a piano and music speaker, Beth leads her firstclass, and we see the moment affect that music can have on these within the care residence the place Beth works in addition to on herself.

Beth says, ‘I feel the workshops have made me extra assured. I really feel like I’ve bought extra methods as nicely to carry residents into the current to assist them in the event that they’re distressed.’

‘Collaborating within the Music In Thoughts workshops has been an infinite privilege for me as a musician,’ Amina says. ‘It has actually modified my outlook of what music is and what it could possibly do.’

Regardless of widespread recognition of music’s constructive position in managing dementia, its true affect shouldn’t be but absolutely understood. Dr Robyn Dowlen, who specialises within the examine of music’s affect on folks dwelling with dementia, attends considered one of Keith’s group classes to review its affect on Keith.

‘Improvisational music making is especially vital for folks with dementia.’ Dr Robyn concludes. ‘Particularly on the subject of constructing their confidence and shallowness.’

Dementia, Music and Us is accessible to view on BBC iPlayer from the night of 25 November.


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