PRESS RELEASE
Barcelona, October 25th 2019

 

During one of the main European events on dementia

Castell de Peralada Festival and Fundació ACE present the ‘Music for Memory’ project at Alzheimer Europe 2019
 

·    Initiative to determine the benefits of music in people with Alzheimer's and other dementias

·    Experts at Fundació ACE affirm that music, art or reading are a source of stimulus for people with cognitive impairment 


 

The Castell de Peralada Festival and Fundació ACE presented the project “Music for Memory” in the framework of the Alzheimer Europe conference, a reference meeting for the dementia sector that, this year, is held on October 24 and 25 in The Hague. The study, driven jointly by both entities, is aimed to analyse the influence of music on the well-being of people with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.

The project, which consists of a series of activities grouped into three annual sessions, started last July with the organization of a workshop-concert based on the Toast of La Traviata by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. Thanks to this initiative, a group of users from Fundació ACE Day Center and Day Hospital had the opportunity to sing together with professional interpreters of the Intermezzo choir.

In order to carry out this activity, the Foundation previously selected a dozen users of the Day Care Unit diagnosed with dementia in mild phase showing interest in social participation activities.

To participate in the initiative, users rehearsed during the week prior to the event, with the support of a music therapist and the specialized staff of the entity's Day Care Unit. Users worked the lyrics and the melody of La Traviata based on repetition, with a work of two hours a day.

The interpreted fragment was analyzed, not only from a musical perspective, but also sociologically, through its context. In this sense, the history of the piece and the Castell de Peralada Festival was explained to the users.

After the concert, the Fundació ACE attention team was able to evaluate in each user the knowledge of the work, the retention of data produced, and also the duration of this memory. The results of this analysis will be made public shortly.

In the words of Isabel Suqué Mateu, president of the Castell de Peralada Foundation, “Our Foundation strongly believes in supporting Alzheimer's research and treatment, it is for this reason that we have created the “Music for the Memory” project, jointly .

Dr. Mercè Boada, neurologist and medical director of the Foundation, argues that "music is a very important source of stimulation and emotion for people suffering from Alzheimer's." In fact, the entity has been committed for years to carry out projects related to art, music and literature, aware of the positive impact that these disciplines bring to people affected by dementia.

 

Alzheimer Europe: a key meeting for the sector

The Alzheimer Europe conference is one of the reference meetings of the Alzheimer's sector and dementia at European level. Every year it brings together a large number of people with dementia, caregivers and volunteers, as well as the main researchers, policy makers, health professionals and representatives of associations in this sector.

During these days, Fundació ACE will also participate in the Neuronet project, presenting the latest advances in the MOPEAD and ADAPTED studies, two scientific projects of European scope led by the Foundation.

 

About Castell de Peralada Foundation 

The Castell de Peralada Foundation is a family foundation created in 1995 by the Suqué Mateu family and, more specifically, by Mr. Artur Suqué and Mrs. Carmen Mateu.

The foundation has the purpose of promoting all kinds of cultural activities, among which the Castell de Peralada International Music Festival stands out. The foundation also supports, promotes and organizes welfare, civic and social economy activities that the foundation develops directly or through third parties. On the other hand, it also has the goal of conserving and restoring the historical heritage assets integrated within the Peralada Castle complex.