Dementia and music
Over 425,000 Australians live with dementia and the number is increasing with an aging population.
We know that music has a positive effect on the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers.
Now we are discovering that works of art, stories, and hands-on activities make the music even more powerful.
This is the exciting difference the Art, Music & Dementia pilot is exploring.
Connecting a donor’s passion with purpose
Dr Eileen Ong has enabled the pilot program, inspired by her personal experience of dementia in the family and passion for classical music.
She also shares our belief that the Opera House is for everyone and is a long-term supporter of our access programs.
It was Eileen’s idea to combine her passion with our expertise.
Her vision and generosity brought together the Opera House’s Access team, Macquarie University dementia experts, Montefiore aged care provider, and three Sydney Symphony musicians.
Together, they created an Opera House experience for people living with dementia.