MusiColour - Kelsey Kordakis
Outside of studying for my degree, I am passionate about music and am very much a people-person, so when I started doing research for my project I was deeply moved by the way music could bring such change, and in such a personal way, to someone affected by dementia. When I saw the opportunity to combine my own interests with something that had potential to change real lives I was instantly on board. This project has been a difficult but worthwhile journey and I hope to continue pursuing music and all it has to offer in the future.
Current estimates indicate that 1 in 14 over the age of 65 have a diagnosis of dementia. This is estimated to increase by approximate 285% in the next 35 years. It has also become increasingly clear that the use of music and the creative arts in non-pharmacological therapy is extremely beneficial to the health, mood/behaviour, and overall quality of life for someone with dementia. The kind of one-to-one care that is required in order to effectively administer this however, is not always feasible with the current ratio of carers to patients.
Playing on the current popularity ofcolouring-in books, MusiColour was designed to allow the affected individuals the ability of creating therapeutic music through art, by colouring in memorable images. This helps to bring joy to the lives of anyone affected by dementia, including the full-time carers, by providing a constructive and stimulating tool for creating art and music simultaneously. The music starts to come to life as soon as the images are brought to life through colour.