Dementia is the biggest health and social care challenge faced by society today; by the year 2020 there will be more than 1 million people living with dementia in the UK.

In partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, the University of the West of Scotland has been running the ‘Grace Notes’ programme, which connects students, people with dementia and carers to explore the condition and its multiple impacts through music composition and performance. The approach has enabled communication with people with dementia, even if they can no longer respond through speech.

The project was the overall winner in the Mental Health Nursing Forum Scotland Awards 2016, and the findings of the programme will support creative and collaborative approaches dementia policy and practice.

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