“My PhD”, says Andrea Freeman, “is in communication between long-term couples, one of whom has dementia.” We are in rain-lashed Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, at the HOOT Centre – and it’s a scene of complete euphoria. We join a circle of about 25, people with dementia and their carers, belting out a track they are creating about the sounds they really love. Crisps getting munched, church bells ringing, the last water gurgling down the plughole. “It’s a place for them to be heard,” says Rob Crisp, the resident musician.

What I can’t help noticing is the closeness between the ...


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