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A campaign is seeking nationwide support to help people with dementia find music related events and services in their area

Music for Dementia 2020 is launching a digital Musical Map to highlight nationwide dementia-friendly musical activities and services across the UK.

This comes as part of a campaign run by Music for Dementia 2020 to make music more accessible for people living with dementia.

Campaigners have been working collaboratively with BBC Music Day to highlight the power music can and does have for people living with dementia, as well as their families and carers.

Research has shown that music provides a wide range of emotional, health and wellbeing benefits and in June 2019 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recognised the importance of music therapy in its guidance on quality standards for dementia care.

Grace Meadows, programme director at Music for Dementia 2020 and a senior music therapist, said: “Music for people living with dementia isn’t a nicety, it’s a necessity. I’ve witnessed first-hand the power of music in helping transform people’s lives. In every corner of the country there are talented people delivering musical services that can alleviate the often-distressing symptoms of dementia, such as agitation, apathy and anxiety but it’s vital people know where they are and how to access them.”

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