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ARU Foundation

Cambridge Half Marathon (CHM) - ARU's Together in Sound (TiS) music therapy project!

The CHM takes place on 17 Oct 2021. We're encouraging runners to support ARU's TiS project for people with dementia and their carers. Places are available for ARU students, staff, alumni, donors, and family/friends. Raise £150 for a free entry place!
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Dementia affects one in every 14 people over the age of 65, and one in six people over 80. People with dementia often became confused and disorientated. Many struggle with communication, and experience changes to their mood, memory, personality and behaviour.

For those caring for love ones with dementia, watching them experience such distressing symptoms can be very difficult.

The Together in Sound music therapy project helps people with dementia to reconnect with their families. The project brings people together in small groups to focus on music-making and listening, led by trained music therapists. By supporting their communication and relationships, these sessions improve quality of life, both for people with dementia and their carers.

Bob's and Anne's Story:

Anne was diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease in 2005. In 2017 her husband Bob's search for support led the couple to Together in Sound.

Bob says, "We went to Together in Sound every Friday, and it gave us real peace. It gave us companionship and fulfilment, and it brought back a lovely smile to Anne's face."

"There are things that happen through music and song to people living with dementia - a glint of understanding would suddenly come to Anne's eyes, because memory was bringing her back into a world of fun, joy and participation with others."

"It was quite amazing for me to see Anne come into the world of music and song, and carried on all the way through the rest of her life."

We want to bring the power of music therapy to more people like Bob and Anne - and that's why we are encouraging our ARU students, staff, alumni, donors and family & friends to help us raise funds for ARU's Together in Sound project.

All donations will go toward expanding the project allowing us to reach many more people in need of this vital support.

Best wishes,

ARU Development Team & Team ARU

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ARU Foundation is Anglia Ruskin University's (ARU) charitable arm. Donations support talented ARU students through scholarships and bursaries and help ARU researchers tackle some of the world's most pressing challenges, including global sustainability, therapy for dementia and disease control.

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