My name is Cheryl Beer. I am the Founder of Sound Memories Dementia Friendly Radio Station. I have some wonderful and very important news that has the potential to enhance the life experience of those living with end stage dementia.
In the Journal of Neurology (2016) it is stated that hearing impairments, and in particular hyperacusis, add complications to the care of those at the end stages of dementia. Hyperacusis is a painful and sometimes debilitating hearing distortion. For those with the condition, they tend to avoid noisy environments, finding them intolerable, but what of the person with dementia in the Care Home? They can not escape from the sounds of the buffer machine cleaning the floor, the other residents, the hustle and bustle of care home life. Even the television, the radio, listening to music, headphones all of these can exacerbate hyperacusis.
At Sound Memories, I have been exploring ways in which we can bring nature indoors, using slow motion, silent films, watched and listened to through sound excluding headphones, thus closing off the outside sound, and yet enabling the relief that we know nature can bring, through visual only.
We are now in a position to trial our Silent Nature Research thanks to a very kind donation from the Lodwick family on behalf of their recently departed Mother ................................ This funding donation for research, will enable us to visit Care Homes and work directly with those who have end stage dementia, make Silent Nature Films of people's favourite places and to measure the effect of the films for those taking part. Potentially, Silent nature could be a new way of working with older people who live with end stage dementia. We are so grateful to the family for their kindness:
'QUOTE about Mum's interest in helping those with dementia'
During the research, we will also share the Silent Nature Films as part of our Wildflower Gallery so that people outside of the research group can also enjoy them.
As an example, the above is a SILENT NATURE film called Wild Poppies, filmed as a tester at Gorslwyd Farm Sound Healing Centre, owned by Jenni & Ali Chapter. Many thanks to them for kindly giving us access.
For further details, feel free to contact me via my website www.cherylbeer.com