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.