It is anticipated that there will be 1.14m people living with dementia in the UK by 2025, according to Alzheimer’s Research – up from around 885,000 in 2022.
What’s the change we’re seeking to make?
We believe that everyone living with dementia should have access to music as part of their care from diagnosis to end of life, whatever their age, social or economic status. This is not currently the case.
We want to make this happen on a national level, ensuring that:
- People with dementia are reached and supported in their access to appropriate music as an integral part of their care plan
- Carers, health workers, politicians, the music industry and the general public are aware of the benefits of music for people living with dementia
UK Music and Music for Dementia have come together to write a powerful report on how we can harness the power of music to transform health, wellbeing and communities. A first of its kind, the Power of Music report includes a big vision plan for how we can harness the untapped potential of music to enhance our health and wellbeing, as well as supporting our recovery and rehabilitation from the pandemic.
This report sets out a fundamental repositioning of music in our collective consciousness as a public health tool and a community asset, alongside a bold set of practical, actionable recommendations to help us value music for its full worth.