Music – Playlist for Life by Carrie Twist

29th June 2017

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Music is a powerful tool which can be used care home settings to promote wellbeing. It can help those living with dementia to remember and engage. It has the power to reduce stress and anxiety as well as building positive relationships between residents, carers and staff.

Over my twelve years of working in the care sector, I have had the opportunity to work alongside Lost Chord, a South Yorkshire charity, bringing live music into care settings. I have seen the magic of live music to ‘bring people to life’ as it connects with us on a deep emotional level.

I have also been involved in setting up care home choirs with local community groups. Collective singing has been found to have many benefits on well-being and there is now a national project ‘A Choir in Every Care Home’ to enthuse and equip care homes to do this in their settings.

A charity close to my heart is Playlist for Life. This charity supports people to set up a personal iPod playlist for a loved one with dementia. Familiar music can tap into our memory and can give us a flashback to a person, place or time. It has been proven to be a useful tool for carers when they are delivering personal care to anxious residents and can connect with them in ways that other therapies fail.

At the interactive workshop, we will fun thinking together about our own life history playlist. What music is meaningful to you and why? Through thinking about our own playlist will help us to become ‘music detectives’ and there will be practical help and advice to start you on your musical journey in your setting.

Carrie Twist will be hosting this workshop at Birmingham, Cardiff and London. Register for your free tickets today. 

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