iPod amnesty for the elderly launched in Dementia Awareness Week

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Abacare iPod amnestyPEOPLE from Wales are being asked to donate old ipods and other music devices to elderly and vulnerable people being supported by a care provider in the area this month (May, 2017).

As part of Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from now until May 20, Abacare is calling for people to donate old iPods, CDs and records to service users with dementia it cares for so they can listen to music to help stimulate their brain and unlock memories.

Sam Evans, Registered Manager at the award-winning Abacare, which has offices in the area, said: “Many of our service users with dementia find listening to music can be a big help to them as it can stimulate the brain and even bring back forgotten memories, so we’re asking people to donate any old iPods they might not use anymore as well as CDs and records to our service users so they can listen to their favourite music again.

“Any iPods donated will be restored and filled with music from different eras and genres so service users can tune in to the songs that provided a soundtrack to their lives. CDs and records will be distributed to service users with CD and record players.”

There are currently 850,000 people in the UK with dementia and numbers are predicted to rise to one million by the year 2025 and two million by 2051. One in six people over the age of 80 have dementia.

Sam added: “The auditory system of the brain is the first to fully function at just 16 weeks so we are musically receptive long before anything else. In dementia-type breakdown of memory it can be a case of first in, last out with regards music, which is why it can be such a helpful tool in the later stages.

“It is also a great way for people who suffer from dementia to share emotions with carers. Listening to music can often lead to dancing and hugging, bringing a sense of security.”

iPods, CDs and records can be dropped off or posted to Abacare’s Newtown offices at St David’s House, New Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 1RB, it’s Bangor office at 9, Ash Court, Parc Menai, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 4DF or its Ystradgynlais office at Unit 300, Ystradgynlais Business Centre, Trawsffordd Road, Ystragynlais, Powys, SA9 1BS.

Abacare operates a professional Care Management Team that is committed to providing high quality care to individuals in their own homes.

The large team of trained, specialist, care workers provide positive based outcomes and person centred care to people throughout Wales.

Abacare’s core values, instilled into every staff member, include ‘make us proud’, ‘focus on our service users’ wellbeing’, ‘communicate, listen well and speak with respect’, ‘be passionate, honest, caring and considerate’, ‘recruit and develop the very best’ and ‘lead by example’.

It believes it offers inspiring work for inspirational people.

It is a member of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, Ceretas (formerly British Association of Domiciliary Care), The National Homecare Council and The Information Commissioners Office (Data Protection). It is also registered with the Care Social Services Inspectorate Wales.

Abacare has been awarded an Investors in People accolade for its staff training and development for the fourth year running.

Investors in People is a national standard, which provides a framework that helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the effective management and development of their staff.

It was also named Britain’s ‘Most Outstanding Care Agency’ at the UK Over 50s Housing Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Dementia Awareness Week runs from now until Saturday, May 20.