Dementia: How music can bring people back into the here and now
By Sarah Gwynne & Woody Morris
We Are England
An orchestra is attempting to bring people living with dementia back into the present.
The work being done by Manchester Camerata has never been more important, given that there are about 900,000 people with the condition in the UK, a number that is predicted to nearly double by 2040.
The profound impact of music on memory, especially those living with dementia, has been increasingly recognised by researchers in recent years.
It's commonly known, for example, that people with dementia often find listening to music can reignite old memories from long ago.
Much more overlooked, though, is the impact that making music can have on the present.
While some with dementia can often feel trapped in the past, some researchers believe the act of creating music - as well as listening to it - can help to reconnect them to the here and now.
A new BBC documentary - Dementia, Music and Us - follows the work of Manchester Camerata and its principal flautist Amina Hussain.
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