A new internet radio station called Music for Dementia has pulled in thousands of listeners since it went on air.
The station M4D, out of Chelmsford in the UK, has been accessed by over 15,000 devices and has had 30,000 listeners in its first month.
The online radio station was established specifically for people with dementia and their carers.
m4d Radio enables listeners to listen to the mix station and four other stations which play music from different decades covering the 30s to the 70s.
The station is non-commercial and doesn’t play any advertisements to avoid confusion for people with varying stages of dementia. The dialogue on air is also kept short.
Grace Meadows, the Music for Dementia programme director has 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.
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“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 for those living with dementia and their carers by creating a sense of community around music – a shared experience that all can take part in.”
At the launch of Music for Dementia, radio presenter and Ambassador the station Lauren Laverne said “m4d Radio is a vital resource that aims to stop those living with dementia feeling isolated, especially during these unprecedented times and this is a simple way that everyone can help. When words fail, music has the power to reach people emotionally and in many cases trigger memories.”
Music for Dementia Radio is available at m4dradio.com/ via any internet-enabled device including tablets, computers, mobile phones, smart TVs and Alexa.
What a great initiative for the betterment of the community👏👏👏