A Commission on Dementia and Music has been set up to explore the current and potential role of music-based interventions in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and end of life care for people with dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2025. By 2051, it is estimated that this will have reached two million people. Currently in the UK, one in six people over the age of 80 have dementia, with 40,000 people under the age of 65 living with the disease. As such, an increased and sustained public and policy focus on dementia is crucial.
Music-based interventions cover a wide range of activity, from music therapy in either an individual or group capacity, to volunteer-run choirs, orchestral performances, and apps permitting individuals with dementia to engage with music, such as by designing personalised playlists. These activities can take place in many locations, from care homes to community centres, religious venues to individuals’ homes. The breadth and flexibility of music-based interventions means that they can be built into an individual’s personalised care plan and can often be tailored according to their preferences and needs.
Purpose of this Call for Written Evidence
This call for written evidence forms one critical element of the Commission’s work. It is asking for the submission of written evidence from individuals and organisations active in the field, to help the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) and the Commission to engage with as many opinions and insights as possible. The materials provided through this call will be used to help guide and frame the Commission’s work and the final report being written by ILC-UK.
Introduction to the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK)
ILC-UK is a think tank focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change. Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.
ILC-UK is acting as the secretariat for the Commission on Dementia and Music and will be writing, publishing and launching a report summarising the Commission’s work and developing recommendations for this field of work moving forwards.
Responding to this Call
The Commission has provided a template which you may download here and return via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You should feel free to answer as many of the following questions as you feel are applicable to you individually and/or to your organisation. (There is a word count for each question which should be observed).
Please note that the deadline for responses is Friday 1 September 2017.