A new internet radio station developed for people with dementia and their carers is celebrating its first set of audience listening figures since its launch last month.
Numbers show that over 30,000 people have listened to the 24-hour, non-commercial station, m4d Radio, launched by UK charity Music for Dementia.
Listeners have streamed 383,000 tracks, made up of a mix of songs from the 30s through to the 70s.
The music has been accessed by more than 15,000 devices from within homes and care settings, meaning the online station has already been enjoyed by an estimated 1 in 20 people living with dementia across the UK.
The station has also been supported by celebrities including Music for Dementia ambassador Lauren Laverne, actress Vicky McClure, director Armando Lannucci and former Strictly judge Arelene Phillips.
m4d Radio aims to provide a lifeline for those living with dementia by helping them connect through music and help soothe some of the often distressing symptoms of the disease, including anxiety and agitation.
Music for Dementia Programme Director, Grace Meadows, said: “Although we knew there was a strong appetite for this vital resource, we’re thrilled with our audience numbers, less than a month into being on air.
“We know that music is such a wonderful connector and has the ability to bring people together in the here and now. m4d Radio aims to reduce the feeling of isolation forthose living with dementia and their carers, by creating a sense of community around music – a shared experience that all can take part in.”
Click here to listen to Home Care Insight’s interview with Meadows.
Giving his feedback, Colin Lyne, 62, who lives with vascular dementia, said: “As I listened to m4d Radio it took me back to when I was at school in the late sixties and early seventies, which I thought was great. It gave me a warm fuzzy feeling and I could even picture walking through a school corridor to join a classroom full of mates.
“I used to play the trombone in a local wind band and I listen to music all the time but m4d Radio plays tunes I haven’t heard for years, not necessarily just the number one hits of an era.”