The ILC-UK has launched a Commission on Dementia and Music, designed to explore the current and potential role of music-based interventions in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and end of life care for people with dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2025. By 2051, it is estimated that this will have reached two million people. Currently in the UK, one in six people over the age of 80 have dementia, with 40,000 people under the age of 65 living with the disease. As such, an increased and sustained public and policy focus on dementia is crucial.
This is an independent Commission, with the ILC-UK providing the governance and secretariat while the Commissioners, drawn from a wide range of different sectors, will drive the agenda and findings. This work is kindly being supported by the Utley Foundation.
As part of this high level Commission, we are seeking written evidence from a range of experts, framed by two overarching questions. Please find below a written evidence template, which provides further information about the Commission, the call for evidence and the questions which we would like to put to respondents. Please note that not all questions may be relevant for all respondents and we would therefore be happy to receive partial submissions.
The written submissions will form a key part of the evidence base for a final report due to be published in December of this year. The final report is intended for a policy and public audience, so written submissions should be accessible but at the same time, informative, thought provoking, ideally challenging while offering solutions/recommendations.
Please send any written evidence (strictly using the template provided) to our email address set up for this purpose: email@example.com, and please note that the deadline for submissions is 5pm Friday 1 September.
Authors are requested to provide a very short biography of themselves/their organisations of no more than four lines to sit alongside their submission. Due to time constraints, we will only be making minor amendments/proofing so all submissions need to be of a publishable standard. ILC-UK reserves the right not to publish material for any reason. All authors and their organisation will be credited in the final report and any associated publicity and promotional material linked to the response.