Million dollar Bash goes dementia friendly

 
 
The way we were: far out man, the 1969 IoW crowd enjoy the atmosphere at Woodside Bay.

The way we were: far out man, the 1969 IoW crowd enjoy the atmosphere at Woodside Bay.

Dementia carers get free admission

All Wight Now, the group behind the Million Dollar Bash, has decided all carers accompanying ticket holders with dementia will be admitted to the Bash free of charge.

Carers must accompany their relative/client ticketholder to the entrance at the venue (County Showground) where they will receive free admission alongside their ticket—holding client.

AWN’s Barbara Stephens, chief executive of Dementia Pathfinders, said: “We hope this will encourage both those people living with dementia - and their carers - to enjoy the festival.”


Making the bash a friendly place…

With the Million Dollar Bash celebrating the Isle Of Wight Festival of 1969, much of the music played will resonate with a generation of people - some of which may be living with dementia. The partnership with the charity Playlist of Life aims to allow this music to have a positive impact on all of those who attend...

  • All event stewards will have Dementia Friends training. This will give them the knowledge and ability to assist anyone living with dementia at the event in the correct and recommended manner.

  • There will be a separate Quiet Zone in a marquee separated from the crowds. This area will be for those living with dementia and their carer. This will allow those who become anxious a safe haven.

  • Increased seating areas; signposts will all be designed to be as simple to read as possible i.e. they will be black with white writing. Toilet facilities will be simple to operate with obvious taps, flush handles, door handles and more.

Pete Townshend, of The Who, in full cry during their IoW 1969 set.

Pete Townshend, of The Who, in full cry during their IoW 1969 set.


Barbara Stephens: music aids connections.

Barbara Stephens: music aids connections.

Music for Dementia 2020: Supports the Bash.

Music for Dementia 2020: Supports the Bash.

Playlist for Life & Million Dollar Bash: Music has the key to unlock memories

Barbara Stephens, chief executive of Dementia Pathfinders, who is developing links with the dementia community and leading on the initiative to make the Million Dollar Bash dementia friendly, said: "Memories of the 1969 Festival will be sustained throughout the course of the lives of the people who were there.

“Relating these memories - and the power of the music from this significant period in history - with the work of the charity Playlist for Life makes complete sense.

Playlist for Life encourages everyone to create their personal playlist - the soundtrack of their life - to ensure that the tunes and songs that prompt meaningful memories are known about by family and friends and are readily available.

“For people with dementia, music that has personal meaning fosters deep connections that do not rely on language, - promoting reminiscence, stimulating emotions and improving quality of life and enjoyment." 

Playlist For Life is an official partner of Million Dollar Bash.

Playlist For Life is an official partner of Million Dollar Bash.