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Musical Care Taskforce

The Musical Care Taskforce (MCT) is a coalition of a range of organisations and individuals from across health, care, music and dementia sectors that is focused on making music a part of everyday care for people living with dementia.

Music for Dementia and Live Music Now launched the MCT in August 2019 with the aim of making music an essential element of dementia care. To date, we have more than 395 members.

Journey with music through dementia

A colourful and inspiring new guide is now available to help people understand how to use and experience music at every phase of a person’s dementia journey.
The Musical Dementia Care Pathway explains visually why, how, who with, where, and when people might access music to help enhance quality of life through music. Based on the concept of the NHS Well Dementia Pathway, this engaging guide will be an invaluable resource for people to return to again and again to find and explore new ideas.

Produced by Music for Dementia in collaboration with people with lived experience, carers, family members and representatives from dementia and care organisations, the pathway is designed as a starting point for thinking about the many opportunities there are to engage with music. Examples shown include listening to playlists, learning an instrument, singing in a choir, music therapy and many others.

Centred around a musical stave depicting the pathway, the flowing design features friendly and quirky characters participating in a range of activities to show the breadth of choice available.

Interspersed with these are possible places where music can take place and the people who can share in the music to assist those with dementia in their enjoyment of it. There is even a laptop icon among the hand-drawn figures to reflect the current pandemic and the diversity of online activities available to people living with dementia from musicians and music therapists adapting their offers.

Music is not an optional extra for those living with dementia, it is essential. This brilliant visual guide shows how and why at every stage of our journey.