Music for Dementia

Date of event: 12 May 2020 Event start time: 10:00am - Event end time: 1:00pm

Venue Address: Room A07/A08, Institute of Mental Health, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG7 2TU

Older people using musical chimes


Due to the increased concern regarding the COVID-19 virus, City Arts has taken the difficult decision to cancel this event. Our priority is to take necessary steps to ensure the wellbeing of our participants, audience members and staff, many of whom are or work closely with vulnerable groups. Please see our website for further updates. We are sorry this is disappointing news, and hope to see you again in the near future.

A free half-day training session for those who support older people living with dementia.

A recent study of 400 published papers suggests that the saying “music is medicine” may literally be true. Research shows that listening to or singing songs can have emotional and behavioral benefits for people with dementia. Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer’s disease. Key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease.

In community, care and hospital settings, music can:

  • Relieve stress
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Reduce agitation

The training session will teach you creative ways to bring music into the lives of the people you work with. You will learn about the outcomes of a recent music project at Skylarks Care Home, Nottinghamshire.

You will have the opportunity to use the Silent Orchestra – a set of multi-sensory musical instruments.

The training includes lunch and refreshments.

About the Silent Orchestra

City Arts and the Institute of Mental Health commissioned Jenny Hibberd, Jamie Sykes and Andrew Johnston to create the Silent Orchestra. The project was a response to the ORCHARD study. The study looks at the problems care home residents have with hearing loss, dementia and the way the two conditions intersect.