Angela Warren, Service User & Carer Coordinator, HSC, attended BUDI’s Festival of Learning event held on Saturday 14th June. She gives her personal an account of the event.
As part of the Festival of Learning, Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) hosted a fantastic event; aimed at raising awareness of dementia in the community. The highlight of this event for me was the performance of the BUDI orchestra; the culmination of a collaboration between the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BU Music and people with dementia and their carers. One could not be anything but deeply moved by the experience of listening to beautiful music and seeing the faces of those with dementia come alive as they sang and played instruments. A gentleman who had played the double bass in the past had re-ignited his musical gift through being part of the BUDI orchestra. During the performance of ‘Moon River’, a gentleman with dementia, and his wife rose from their seats on stage and danced together. That was when the tears began to fall. . .
I felt very privileged to be part of this day. The BUDI team did an excellent job and I came away feeling uplifted; with not only a greater awareness of dementia but an appreciation of the real face of dementia: the people behind the diagnosis.