Fundació ACE presents the project “Music for Memory at Alzheimer Europe 2019
Fundació ACE presented this year the “Music for Memory” project at Alzheimer Europe Conference held on October 24th-25th in The Hague. The study, led by Castell de Peralada Music Festival, together with Fundació ACE, analyzes how music influences the well-being of people with dementia.
Music for Memory
The program, consisting of a whole series of activities, grouped in 3 sessions per year, started last July with the organization of a workshop-concert based on the Drinking Song (Brindisi) of La Traviata by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. Thanks to this initiative, a grupo of users with low dementia of the Day Center and Day Hospital of the Foundation had the opportunity to sing together with professional singers from the Intermezzo choir.
In order to participate in the initiative, users rehearsed during the week prior to the event. With the help of a music therapist and the specialized staff of the Day Care Unit, they were able to work 2 hours every day, the lyrics and the melody of the Drinking Song of La Traviata based on repetition. In addition, the fragment was analyzed not only from the musical perspective, but also sociologically.
After the concert, the Foundation attention team evaluated in each user the knowledge of the work, the retention of data, as well as the duration of this memory.
Fundació ACE will also participate in the Neuronet project, within the framework of Alzheimer Europe, presenting the latest advances of the MOPEAD and ADAPTED studies, two European research projects led by the Foundation.
A key meeting of the sector
The Alzheimer Europe conference is the key meeting of the Alzheimer's and dementia sector at European level. Each year, it brings together a large number of people with dementia, caregivers and volunteers, as well as leading researchers, policy makers, health professionals and representatives of Alzheimer's associations.