Playlist for Life Creates Moray Hub

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Elgin Rotary has been working closely with other agencies and organisations to help bring some relief to dementia sufferers through music therapy. 

On Saturday 28th January, a three strong team from the Scottish charity Playlist for Life – Sarah Metcalfe, Andy Lowndes and Mary McDougall – ran an awareness session at Elgin library to over 60 attendees from Moray care homes, agencies and other interested individuals.  All showed a fantastic level of enthusiasm in setting up a Playlist HUB that would cover the Moray area.  Libraries will play a significant part in co-ordinating the voluntary sector, and further discussions will be required with partners to see how this can be achieved.

Andy commented that being able to respond to music is the one thing dementia cannot destroy. Playlist for Life encourages families and caregivers to create a playlist of personally meaningful music for people with dementia to listen to. There is mounting evidence that if people with dementia are offered frequent access to the music in which their past experience and memories are embedded, it can improve their present mood, awareness, ability to understand and think and help their sense of identity and independence