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Guides and Information for people affected by dementia during COVID-19

Alzheimer’s Society

Using video technology to connect people with dementia

Find out about the experiences of the 3 Nations Dementia Working Group in using technology to connect, so they can be actively involved together in community life.

The National Care Forum

Resources to help digital enabling

Explore crib sheets offering digital guidance aimed at older people getting online.

Music for Dementia 2020

A Musical Guide for people
with dementia and their
carers during Covid-19

Download and use this guide which offers creative tips and activities to help everyone in isolation, using music as a unifying language.

SCI-Dem Project

Booklets of tips and recommendations

Download three booklets that aim to draw together and map out all of the issues that groups and activities commonly face in keeping going, and read recommendations about how to avoid such pitfalls and maximise chances of success, informed by the evidence “out there”.

Music for Dementia 2020

Musical Map for Dementia

Find virtual / online dementia-friendly musical events listed on the musical map.

Dementia Inclusion Guides and Toolkits


The UK Network of Dementia Voices: Resources for DEEP Groups

Explore DEEP resources to help in the running of groups and involvement of people with dementia.


The UK Network of Dementia Voices: Involving people with dementia

Explore DEEP guides written with DEEP groups to share good practice in the involvement of people with dementia.

Life Changes Trust

Dementia Friendly Communities Toolkit

Download and use this toolkit to explore the nine key principles that should be common to every dementia-friendly community, based on learning to date from the diverse range of projects funded by the Life Changes Trust. 

Alzheimer’s Society

Becoming a dementia-friendly arts venue: A practical guide

This dementia-friendly arts guide is for arts venues of all sizes, and is based on best practice examples of the work going on across the country to support people affected by dementia and using arts venues. It includes practical guidance on how to create a dementia-friendly approach tailored to your organisation.

Dementia Action Alliance

Dementia Friendly Physical Environments Checklist

Based on work by Innovations in Dementia, this simple checklist looks at physical features such as signage, lighting, and more to assess small changes in your organisation’s public spaces which may improve accessibility for people with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society

Dementia Friendly Signage

Download and print Alzheimer’s Society’s free dementia-friendly signs to make your environment easier to navigate for people living with dementia during singing sessions, at events, and anywhere else visited by people with dementia.

British Deaf Association (Scotland)

The Deaf Dementia Experience in Scotland Toolkit

Download and use this toolkit offering tips and advice to support people as they travel on their Deaf Dementia Journey.

Ohio University

Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s: Differences, Statistics & Resources Blog

Explore this guide providing detailed insights and resources on topics including ‘Similarities and Differences of Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s’, ‘Dementia and Alzheimer’s Facts and Statistics’ and much more.

Music and Dementia Guides and Information

Music for Dementia 2020

Music for Dementia 2020 is a national campaign to make music available for everyone living with dementia by 2020. Led by The Utley Foundation, the campaign is a direct and positive response to the Commission report on Dementia and Music. Explore the information and resources available on this website.

BBC: Music Memories

Explore this website designed to use music to help people with dementia reconnect with their most powerful memories. Create a playlist and take part in a survey to help discover the nation’s favourite music memories.

Playlist for Life

100 Years: A Century of Song

Download individual chapters of the most popular songs by decade to inspire your repertoire.

Research Links

Sidny De Haan Research Centre for arts and health

Singing and people with Dementia Guide

A guide for anyone interested to setting up, running and evaluating community singing groups for the benefit of people living with dementia.

Arts for Dementia

Music Reawakening: Musicianship and Access for Dementia – The Way Forward

The outcome of A4D’s Best Practice Symposium 2015 at London’s Wigmore Hall. The report presents programmes by leading opera companies, orchestras and choirs – most offered free to families affected by dementia. It illustrates music education opportunities and neurological evidence of the power of music to increase and maintain cognitive activity, improve wellbeing, reduce isolation in dementia and reduce the risk of developing dementia.

Voices Now

The Big Choral Census

Read the first ever comprehensive snapshot of choral singing in the UK, and find out why Voices Now believes that there is still so much choirs can offer to the whole of society, both for those already singing and for those who have not yet sung their first notes.

Films to Inspire You

Luminate@Home Films

We know that there are lots of older people at home or in care homes right now who are having to isolate from the wider world for a while because of the coronavirus outbreak. Luminate’s online programme of creative activities called Luminate@Home are available to watch now. These films have been designed to inspire and guide you through a creative activity that can be done at home or in a care home. The activities are presented by professional artists and feature different arts forms including crafts, poetry, music and dance.

All films from the series are available to watch on the Luminate website and Facebook page, as well as on our Vimeo and YouTube channels. The participatory music films available to watch on the Films page of this website. The films will be left online so you can access them at any time. We hope you will enjoy trying the activities in the films at this difficult time. 

Luminate@Home has been developed in partnership with Scottish Care, the national membership body for independent social care, and is co-produced by Graeme Roger. 

Every Voice Community Choir Film

Watch this short promotional film about a choir we’re working closely with called Every Voice Community Choir, based in West Dunbartonshire. The film was produced by Alzheimer Scotland, Life Changes Trust and HeeHaw Films.


Have a general question?

Contact Luminate and ask for the Dementia Inclusive Singing Network. Give us a phone, email any questions or fill in a general enquiries form.

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