Episode 5

Alistair Taylor-Young – Portrait of the Cause

Episode 5/10 of We Are Listening is ‘Portrait of the Cause’, by Alistair Taylor-Young, a renowned British fashion and landscape photographer.

‘Portrait of the Cause’ is Alistair's interpretation of music and dementia through photography. 

In this selection of stunning photography, Alistair explores the relationship between music and dementia, taken from lived experiences, as well as the feelings of those who are close to someone living with dementia.

The result is an intriguing set of images with a multitude of interpretations – ultimately nurturing a wider conversation of how music can be used to help people living with dementia.

"Music can’t halt or reverse dementia; but it can help people to feel valued, responded to, cherished and even have moments of fun and playfulness in a life otherwise dominated by loss and disorientation - something so valuable to people living with dementia and their family and friends." Simon Procter, Nordoff Robbins Director of Music Services (Education, research and quality assurance)

Dementia Action Week 2021

From 17 - 23 May is Dementia Action Week. Dementia Action Week is all about raising awareness to improve the lives of people living with dementia, and music can play such a big part in this.

According to Alzheimer’s Society, there are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. They believe around half of the population knows someone affected by dementia.

However, even as the brain deteriorates, the capacity to respond to and become engaged in music carries on, making music, and music therapy a highly effective and beneficial way to enrich their lives.

We've created a small musical guide full tips and advice for using musical ideas to help someone living with dementia.