A competent journalistic summary on the impact of dementia on society, and faltering steps towards addressing the problem.
Gallagher, J. (2019). Dementia: The greatest health challenge of our time. London: BBC Health News, May 2nd 2019.
Singing and Music
Accounts of how music therapy / singing in choirs can reduce some of the behavioural symptoms of dementia including depression and agitation:
Oakes, K. (2019). The power of music: Vicky McClure’s dementia choir. London: BBC Health News / BBC News Stories, May 2nd 2019.
This relates to a two-part BBC One TV documentary:
Our Dementia Choir, with Vicky McClure, on BBC One. [Online]: BBC One, first broadcast 20:00 on May 2nd 2019.
BBC Music Memories: BBC Dementia-Friendly Resources
The BBC Music Memories website has been designed to help people with dementia reconnect with their meaningful earlier musical memories and create a playlist (although only a relatively small selection of short “taster” excerpts is available):
BBC Music Memories. [Online]: BBC, circa 2019.
Virtual Reminiscence Therapy
How virtual reality is helping people with dementia. London: BBC Health News, September 13th 2019.
Handmade for Dementia: Cannula Sleeves
The voluntary group “Handmade for Dementia” produce and distribute knitted mitts for patients with dementia in local hospitals and hospices.
Ryder, S. (2019). Cannula sleeves: ‘Simple solution for dementia patients’. London: BBC Health News, May 22nd 2019.
Lifesize Knitted Doll Characters
Care home residents with dementia may respond favourably to knitted characters, in period costume, which help provoke conversation and reminiscence:
Lifesize 1950s figures to tour care homes. London: BBC Health News / BBC Norfolk News, July 26th 2019.
The Question of Continuing Employment After Dementia Diagnosis
How much is it the responsibility of employers to make all necessary adjustments?
Kelly, J. (2019). ‘Why should I stop working just because I have dementia?’. London: BBC Stories / BBC Health News, September 27th 2019.