October 20, 2021

Music is a ‘shining star’ in the Glasgow couple’s journey to dementia.

For Kathy and Sean Forde, Music It has always been a big part of his life.

The albums they enjoyed went together, and couples from the West End of Glasgow loved everything from Bob Dylan to Lady Gaga.

Now that Sean has dementia, music has become even more important.

Glasgow Times: Kathy and Sean Forde.

“As soon as Sean’s headphones go off, he starts singing,” says Kathy. “It’s unusual to see him happy now.”

Sean, 60, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s four years ago. An optician who was running his own business started showing symptoms at the age of 50 and his condition has recently deteriorated.

Joining the Playlist for Life, a charity founded by former Glasgow Times Scott Woman of the Year, broadcaster and author Sally Magnuson has helped the couple cope.

Glasgow Times:

Lifelong playlists encourage people to make personal music playlists important to them, based on more than two decades of scientific research showing that they improve the lives of people living with dementia. Can make All over World The month of Alzheimer’s, which is coming to an end today, the charity is focusing on people beyond the diagnosis of dementia, the power of music to enlighten the individual.

“Sean has never been involved in anything related to dementia,” she explained.

“Our amazing Alzheimer’s link worker suggested him for a playlist for a life request service and I doubted he would participate.

“We had three sessions and we ended up with three or four big playlists, which actually changed Shawn’s experience of listening to music and changing his music with it when he was exercising. Has been and is going to run. ”

While creating the playlist, Kathy explained, the couple began talking about their favorite gigs and albums decades later.

“Sean began to remember more and more about his favorite songs and artists,” she says. I contacted an old friend of Sean’s and asked him who he was when he was a teenager in Millport. Can remember songs, and he gave us another great suggestion.

“Surprisingly, he gave us all these memories together – he gave us words and laughter and we included our family. We asked our sons if there was any song that they could share with their father.” Remember to listen together. ”

Kathy added: “Whenever we’re asked to do something that’s linked to Alzheimer’s, it’s always a little sad. There’s nothing really positive about it. But the playlist for life Encouraged us to talk back to our lives and we had a good laugh about it and we don’t have much laughter these days.

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“It’s not that much old memories, It’s about the flourishing of all the experiences we have. We’ve been able to remember them and revive their enthusiasm, and it’s great that we both still remember standing with the same level of enthusiasm.

She adds: “Even a few months after the experience and the playlist, Sean is definitely the only other shining star in Alzheimer’s.”

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