Casio research initiative with Music For Dementia & MHA – yamahamusicians.com

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Casio Music UK has partnered with Music For Dementia and charitable care provider MHA, to launch ‘Light up my lifee ‘- a new research initiative to better understand how music can have a positive impact on people with dementia.

Revealed today on World Alzheimer’s Day (September 21), the research project will see nursing homes nationwide participate in a 12-week study in which participants will have better access to music and support with the aim of improving quality of life – but ultimately, to better understand to shape the development of future offerings of musical activities for people living with the disease. Alzheimer’s and dementia.

By partnering and working in conjunction with Music for Dementia and MHA, Casio is poised to send 50 keyboards with lighting keys – specifically the LK-S250 – to nursing home managers, staff and music therapists from the end of September, through which they can be used to involve their residents and anyone living with dementia for better musical participation. In addition to receiving musical instruments, detailed training will be provided for caregivers and music therapists, such as easy-to-follow piano lessons, suggested musical activities, an overview of keyboards features and much more. It is expected that the research project will engage a large number of people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, and for many, this may be the first time they have interacted on a musical level or played a musical instrument. music. Caregivers and music therapists will provide a program of musical activities for participants, then record their experiences and share their comments at the end of the 12-week period.

The research project, which has just been launched, aims to better understand and understand how the use of these musical instruments, as part of a musical care plan, can better help people with dementia at different stages. of disease. At the end of the research period, it is hoped that the results will present learnings to better understand how this music activity resource can help people with dementia integrate music into their daily care in order to improve and enrich their quality of life. These learnings will help develop and adapt a unique musical offering with supportive resources to improve access to musical participation and care.

Neil Evans, Director of Casio EMI, said: “We are delighted to partner with Music for Dementia and MHA, two highly respected entities, to launch this important and meaningful research project. In recent times, we have seen an impressive adoption of music in the older generation, highlighting how much music plays such a crucial role in everyday life. We are excited to see how care homes and music therapists will use their new illuminated keyboards to interact with residents in groups and individually to brighten their lives.

Grace Meadows, Campaign Director at Music for Dementia, added: “The launch of ‘Light Up My Life’ is extremely exciting for us. We are convinced that the project participants will really benefit and enjoy playing on their new keyboards with illuminated keys. World Alzheimer’s Day marks an important date for people with dementia and we are proud to say that it is a step in the right direction to provide meaningful music to those who have it. Not needed anymore.

Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 6 presenter and Music for Dementia ambassador added: “The ‘Light Up My Life’ campaign is a really exciting project. Music has the power to improve the well-being of people with dementia and I think the campaign could help them feel independent again. “

Ming Hung Hsu, Head of Music Therapy, MHA, said: “We are thrilled to launch such a fun and engaging initiative in MHA nursing homes. It will provide access to the tools our fantastic music therapists need to continue providing non-verbal means for people with dementia to help them express themselves. We know how important music is to people with dementia and we look forward to seeing the research results in early 2022. ”Casio LK-S450Specifically chosen for the study, Casio will supply its keypad with lighting keys – the LK-S250 – which will come with an adjustable stand and headphones. Easy to use, the LK-S250 has been carefully selected due to its fun light-up button function that provides increased stimulation, bringing the pleasure and satisfaction of anyone who can play music independently. Perfect for beginners, the keyboard is light and compact, making it easy to carry – thanks to its carrying handles – and portable enough to take anywhere.

With many of them having been forced to stay at home or self-isolate over the past 18 months due to the various blockages, an increase in music participation among people of all ages has been seen across the country. In addition to Music For Dementia’s high-profile awareness campaigns, this new ‘Light up my lifeThe research initiative aims to further explore the link between music and dementia, highlighting the health and wellness benefits of playing music. The research results are expected to be revealed in early 2022. For more information, visit https://info.casio.co.uk/lightupmylife

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