Celebrities are joining Music for Dementia this week in marking the first anniversary of its internet radio station m4d Radio.
Former ‘Strictly’ judges Len Goodman and Arlene Phillips, Coronation Street stars Shobna Gulati and Jennie McAlpine, broadcaster Dan Walker, and actresses Angela Lonsdale, Vicky McClure, Phyllis Logan and Julie Hesmonhalgh have all contributed their favourite tunes and messages in support.
The special programmes can be heard each day, between June 28 and July 3, on the Mix stream at 9am, 12 noon and 3pm via m4dradio.com or Alexa. The playlists for each celebrity, plus the times are available online to plan your week’s listening.
Music for Dementia has also published a 5 ways to use music guide, written by experts in their fields including Neuroscientists Dr Sophie Scott and Catherine Loveday, and Music for Dementia Director, Grace Meadows.
It explains how listeners and carers can use music to change mood, physically connect, create conversation, encourage exercise and movement, and make new memories. Practical tips include information on volume and hearing, timing, personal care and routine.
M4d Radio, which launched in June 2020, is free to listeners and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In its first month, the platform gained over 30,000 listeners.
The group of five radio stations, m4dradio.com, is designed to follow the rhythm of the day from waking to bedtime and through the night.
The platform is non-commercial and does not contain advertisements, avoiding distraction or confusion for people with mid- to late stages of dementia. Similarly, the talking sections of each programme are kept to a minimum.