Music can be a powerful source of joy and comfort for people with dementia and for those around them.
This beautiful CD showcases a collection of melodies and songs that have some association with Kens development as a musician and kept him playing when it would have been easy to follow other paths.
"Songs that were dear to my parents, my friends and loved ones all feature along with a few personal favourites", says Richards.
Even for persons with severe dementia, music can tap deep emotional recall. Favourite songs associated with important personal events can trigger not only the memory of lyrics, but also the emotional experience connected to the music.
Our show is a tribute concert to the Shadows, the Ventures and Duane Eddy. The Shadows are the standout band and had the greatest influence on Kens musical development.
This CD showcases a selection of the Shadows greatest hits as played by Ken in the style of Hank Marvin.
Research is confirming the way that music, especially familiar songs, seems to stimulate regions of memory and emotion that may otherwise be completely inaccessible to people with Alzheimer’s.
Our brains are hard-wired to connect music with long-term memory. Music awakens a part of the brain not impacted by dementia and evokes responses, such as singing and movement, and moments of re-connection with loved ones.
This CD features a selection of popular melodies to create a mood of relaxation and calm.
Most of the tunes will be familiar and provide ideal background music for meditation, an intimate dinner or just to relax with.
When words fail, music provides a way for the person with dementia to connect with others and engage with memories and emotions.
Even for people with severe dementia, music can tap deep emotional recall. Favourite songs associated with important personal events can trigger not only the memory of lyrics, but also the emotional experience connected to the music.