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Music Mirrors

Come Singing provides 24 therapeutic singing sessions monthly for people living with dementia: 2 large community groups for those living independently and smaller groups in day care centres, residential, nursing and palliative care and hospital wards. Family and carers also attend. Music Mirrors, developed by Heather Edwards and supported by NSFT and UEA, help people at an early stage of dementia to capture and store information about sounds and music linked to their lives. Simple written resources of life story are linked digitally to recorded music and can be attached to personal or medical records for use with family or carers throughout the journey with dementia. MMs help to give people with dementia access to their memories and identity long after words may have become difficult. In particular they may offer continuity and reassurance at times of change

20 June 2017
East of England
Arts, Charity, Health, Local Authorities, Recreation, Social Care, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Norwich City Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Come Singing offers people chance to participate in an activity which is not limited by dementia, and in a safe, friendly environment supported by volunteers who see them as more than equals.

Music Mirrors enable people with memory to capture key memories in  simple toolkits of sound, word and music made digitally portable to follow them all through the dementia journey.  These can help them identify themselves and create bonds in the future with those caring for them.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Time and workforce availability.

2. Actions

  • To join the Norwich City Dementia Action Alliance.

    To support the alliance in creating better understanding of dementia across the city.

  • To support people living with memory loss and those caring for them.

    To continue to encourage active engagement with music for people living with dementia and their carers.

  • To enrich with music the lives of people living with memory loss.

    To raise awareness of Music Mirrors as a tool for building bridges between people living with dementia and those caring for them.