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Music scheme for dementia gets Suchet backing

Music scheme for dementia gets Suchet backing
15th May 2009

National broadcaster and journalist John Suchet has given his backing to a scheme that uses music to help people suffering from dementia.

Mr Suchet - who recently revealed that his wife Bonnie is suffering from the condition, effectively taking the personality away from the woman he married - has become a major face of the disease and hopes to highlight the newest initiative's effectiveness, the BBC explained.

Music for Life has been running on a small scale for the last 15 years and uses music as a way of developing communication as well as a fraternity between sufferers, giving them a point of singularity to focus on.

Commenting on the project, Mr Suchet said: "Music for Life reaches people with dementia like nothing else can - which is thrilling in itself but this project also leaves a lasting legacy in that it supports care staff to develop their own professional skills."

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph in February, Mr Suchet said that his wife Bonnie is suffering with the condition to the point where it is as if she has died, noting that it is worse than cancer as there is no chance to talk through the disease with the sufferer.

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