Music is neurologically special: we’re only just scratching the surface of what it can do for dementia sufferers – and for their carers and families

In October BBC Radio 3 will broadcast a six-hour programme blending music with the voices of people living with dementia, in a collaboration with the Wellcome Collection. It promises to be a moving demonstration of something we all need to know: that music can be a powerful tool for people with dementia.

Related: Could music projects cut the cost of dementia care?

We all know that flashback feeling when a song comes on the radio and takes you back to another time, person or place

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