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Press Release | The Event

The launch of Rare Dementia Support and Bose’s month-long immersive experience, ‘pathway’, will allow us to establish how susceptible people are to allowing their mind to completely wonder as they journey through Hampton Court maze listening to important songs from their past, breaking free from all thought and just allowing the music and the therapeutic process of travelling through the maze unlock their mind, allowing their subconscious to take over. There are so many positive outcomes of an event of this nature and has the ability to develop into something extroadinary, with the possibility of exploring ‘pathway’ in numerous other historical and popular mazes in the UK, raising more awareness for this truly important cause. With the ability to effect great change and advancements in creative research and studies in this field, and push for progress and recognition by both the government and scientists so that appropriate funding can be received to continue such innovative research that will work to produce powerful therapies for patients suffering with FTD and other brain degenerative diseases. Journey back in time through a catalogue of your memories with the power of music therapy as you simultaneously travel through the intricate woven pathways of the maze, lose yourself to your subconscious – allow your mind to run wild and free. Demonstrating the fact that with educating yourselves on something that is rapidly affecting so many people but the truth surrounding FTD is that it is often misdiagnosed and specific tests must be run in order to detect it and that symptoms that appear on their own could seem insignificant but they all add up and we need to raise awareness so that we can begin to understand the full detriment of this disease and how it operates.  Scientists are desperately working to understand why and how FTD develops and the fact that it affects people as young as teenagers is so shocking, severe and devastating but it is so important that we can collectively come together to understand as much as we can. In doing this we can work towards making the necessary creative therapies and theories present in all care facilities for patients because they have the power to bring light back into the lives of people who previously did not live but simply exist as corporeal human beings, but no more, they become shells of themselves, their entire identity stripped away from them. FTD affects both memory aspect of the brain as well as the social aspect, which is what separates it from other dementia diseases and Alzheimer’s so everything they originally were fades away until they become just a phantom version of themselves. It’s allowing them to experience real, raw human emotion through the power of music memory that will work to connect back with their lives and allow them to come alive again. So, participants that attend the ‘pathway’ event will enter the maze after being supplied with their own Bose headphones to listen to their personalised Spotify playlist created by ‘pathway’ after gathering the results from the 25-part questionnaire they filled in online after purchasing their tickets. Then it’s quite simple – they walk the maze to a soundtrack of their lives, essentially, allowing the memories to flow through them as their subconscious guides them through until the end. The power of ‘pathway’ is simple: it’s experience, it’s self-discovery, it’s memory, it’s identity.

 

Natasha Perkin

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