Power of Music & Dementia

THE QUESTION NO ONE WAS ASKING... IS IT MUSIC OR MEMORY

 

Beatie Wolfe is a singer songwriter, innovator and founder of the Power of Music & Dementia study published in: The Times, Independent, BBC Radio 4, WIRED, Stanford University, Forbes. She has given keynotes at WIRED’s conference, DLD Health, Social Innovation Summit, UCSD, Apple Town Hall, Berklee Music College & US Alzheimer’s Association

The Power of Music & Dementia research tour ran for 4-months with the aim to objectively prove the power of music, in this case music unconnected to memory, for people living with dementia. Beatie performed her original music at a series of Priory Group care homes across the UK. Residents were monitored during the live performance and in the weeks following, listening to the same songs on headsets. This study ran for four months and is the first of its kind to test the impact of new music for those living with dementia. Highlight responses include “72% responding to the music in meaningful ways e.g. singing along, clapping, tapping” and significant improvements in memory and communication across the 4-month period. Some of the amazing reactions to the music were captured in this documentary video. 'Power of Music & Dementia' is generously supported by the Utley Foundation 

 
One of the first experiments into its impact
— The Times 12.05.2015