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Dementia care and the power of music


Photo: Stevecadman (flickr)

One of my friends sent me this video a couple of days ago and it really moved me. It reminded me of the joy that my grandad, who sadly passed away a few years ago after having alzheimers, got whenever my gran played him his favourite tune – Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto (he loved a bit of Classic FM!).

No matter how far down the road my papa was with alzheimers, hearing that song always made his face light up. It’s a pretty good reminder of the power of music. I wonder if The Smiths or Mogwai tunes will spark a similar reaction from me one day!

About Andy McNicoll

Andy is community editor at Community Care, with a focus on reporting on mental health. He has previously worked for titles focusing on the NHS and substance misuse sectors. You can contact him at

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