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Music and Wellbeing

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Get involved

We want to help get more care homes involved for March 2020


We really need your help to make this happen - there are 3 ways you can help.

Donate to our fundraising page to provide music sessions

If you are an entertainer you can donate a music session

If you are a care home you can request a music session - we will do our best to find you a music session.

About the event:

Join the event! – Small gathering of friends or a huge concert! Anytime in March 2020 with highlight weekend 27th to 29th March

Rock Against Dementia began in the USA when Wayne Mesker and Michael Rossato-Bennett of the Alive Inside Foundation were promoting musical events, with the aim of fundraising for headphones to bring free music to residents of care homes. Music has been shown to be of huge benefit to those suffering with dementia.
From that humble beginning a few years ago Wayne Mesker was contacted by Norms Mc Namara (Founder of Global Purple Angel dementia awareness campaign)


Norms asked if he could change it to WORLD Rocks Against Dementia, or WRAD as its now known, with the reason being the Purple Angel Campaign is known all around the world and it could turn a 1 country event into a Global event. Thankfully, Wayne agreed and the rest, as they say, is history!!
World Rocks Against Dementia (WRAD ) has been taking place over the last four years. In 2017 there were 76 events in 12 countries and in March 2018 there were 85 events taking place in 20 countries. 2019 saw 120 events worldwide. Some events took place in care homes and others were huge fundraising parties. Ticketed events and raffles took place along with an on-line event staged by Dementia Alliance International. Funds were raised for some of the big dementia charities but also for local Memory Cafes and other smaller voluntary efforts raising awareness of dementia. 2018 events were also in memory of Glen Campbell; David Cassidy and Malcolm Young from AC/DC who all passed away with dementia in 2017.

Any kind of music – rock, country, western, classical or traditional and any funds raised can be used for a dementia project of choice.
You can see the difference music makes by viewing the u-tube video here:
Music activates certain regions in the brain which are involved in movement, planning, attention, learning and memory. Music can release dopamine in the brain which lessens anxiety and improves mood. Music gives pleasure and brings back lost memories. It helps to boost the immune system and creates a feeling of wellbeing with good feelings which boost the immune system. It also allows people to recall personal memories and can relieve pain. When you enjoy your favourite music it can give all these benefits and more besides. Improved concentration levels allow people with dementia to “come alive inside”, speaking, singing along and smiling as they may not have done for a long time.
Purple Angel is a global movement comprised solely of people who volunteer their time to raise awareness in shops and businesses, run memory cafes, befriending services, day care centres, care advice, training in hospitals, ponies for health, conferences and many other actions throughout the world.
We hope the 2020 event will be the biggest yet!

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We’re working collaboratively with BBC Music Day to help bring music to everyone in the UK living with dementia by 2020, using BBC Music Day as a platform


The fifth BBC Music Day took place on Thursday 26th September with events and broadcasts across the week.

The theme this year was music and wellbeing; the power of music to inspire, to bring us together and make a positive impact.

To read more about this project click here

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