Therapeutic benefits of music for those with dementia

We are training over 200 members of our care staff and volunteers to become music detectives, who will then help piece together music, songs, hymns and theme tunes that have significant meaning for our residents who are living with dementia! 

There is growing research from around the world which reveals that personally meaningful music has the potential to ease dementia symptoms including anxiety, agitation and depression and also help to recall memories and reduce the need for medication.

April Dobson, head of dementia and innovation at Abbeyfield said: “therapeutic benefits of music are already well documented, and there is growing evidence that personally meaningful music can amplify those effects.


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The Abbeyfield Making Music project uses tools and training developed by registered charity Playlist for Life, who are working to ensure everyone with dementia has access to a personal playlist to make life easier and happier for them and their carers.

The project is being supported by The People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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Aled Jones

Singer, presenter and Abbeyfield patron Aled Jones shares his personal Playlist for Life, with the reasons why his chosen songs are so significant to him.   

Intermezzo from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana

"This was the first classical piece I heard performed live by an orchestra."




Dignity by Deacon Blue

"This was the song of my teens!"




Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

"This was on the first album, that I bought with my first wage from Bangor Catherdral."




Come back to this page for more playlists from people at Abbeyfield!