Chroma Conference:Music Therapy and Dementia

08 February 2023

Dementia in the UK
Court of Protection Deputies support people living with Dementia and other neuro-degenerative conditions across the UK; this is an important and growing client group with evolving needs. As the UK's population ages, there will be a significant increase in dementias and an equivalent increase on the financial and carer burden placed on families and society at large.

Recent data suggests that:
  • 1 million people will be living with dementia by 2025 and 1.6 million by 2040, according to data released by the UK Government in May 2022
  • The leading cause of death in England in June 2022 was dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (10.8% of all deaths) ONS June 2022
Why music therapy?
The use of music therapy is an established intervention across the world to support people with dementia for a range of reasons linked to:
  • Maintenance of function
  • Quality of life
  • Connections with family members
  • Palliative care
Music accesses different parts of the brain than language, so music can be used to communicate or engage with someone who has been diagnosed with dementia, even if they no longer speak or respond to other people’s words.

Learning outcomes from the conference
  • As a result of your attendance, you will be able to:
  • Understand how/why music therapy supports people with dementia and their families
  • Learn about outstanding practice using music therapy, and the benefits of this approach
  • Learn about the worldwide research currently underway that is already making a difference to people living with dementia
  • Network with other Court of Protection Deputies and other colleagues working with similar clients
We are delighted to announce our confirmed presenters include:
  • Dr Jonathan Pool, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Neil Evans, Head of Casio UK
  • Grace Meadows, Music for Dementia
  • Sarah Morgan, Music Therapist, Methodist Homes Association
  • Nikki Bedford, Enable Law
  • Meg Dowling, Music Therapist, Chroma