“Music is a powerful connector and has the ability to bring people together in the here and now. It can enliven, stimulate and enable people living with dementia to express themselves creatively through musical engagement.” Music for dementia 2020
This post brings together a few of the more recent resources on this topic.
Living well with dementia through music (2020)
This just released book has been inspired by the Music for dementia 2020 campaign and guides the reader through accessible activities with singing, percussion, sounding bowls and other musical tools demonstrating how music may can be used from the early to late stages of dementia.
Music and dementia: from cognition to therapy (2019)
This book outlines the current research and understanding of the use of music for people with dementia, from internationally renowned experts in music therapy, music psychology and clinical neuropsychology.
Available from the library
Music and memory and improved swallowing in dementia (2020)
A report on research data about ways music might improve swallowing in individuals with advanced dementia.
Background: Dysphagia and difficulty with eating affects a significant portion of individuals with advanced dementia. Such problems with oral intake can have serious health consequences including mealtime distress, dehydration and malnutrition, aspiration, reduced quality of life, and
increased mortality risk.
Design: We present the first data indicating that “Music & Memory” interventions improve swallowing in individuals with advanced dementia, thereby making oral feeding easier and potentially diminishing reliance on PEG.
Cohen, D., Post, S. G., Lo, A., Lombardo, R., & Pfeffer, B. (2020). “Music & Memory” and improved swallowing in advanced dementia. Dementia, 19(2), 195–204. https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301218769778
The effect of music on wellbeing – case studies (2020)
Can personalised music lessen the sense of isolation sometimes felt in care homes and
improve wellbeing? Jill Conroy and Sue Faulkner decided to find out.
“…You’re never alone when you have music. It is a great comforter and companion, or, as the poet Robert Browning put it, “who hears music feels his solitude peopled at once”. We decided to test these claims at Fremantle Trust, a medium sized care provider in
Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and north London…”
In Journal of Dementia Care 28(1), 32-34
Further online information, resources and support that might be of interest can be found on this newly launched website including;
- What types of musical activity could I do?
- Advice for carers
- Advice for people living at home
- Advice for care home professionals
- Advice for musicians and music therapists
- Advice for music volunteers
…and a couple of favourites
Music remembers me : connection and wellbeing in dementia / Kirsty Beilharz (2017)
Music remembers me includes moving stories from music engagement along with practical advice and tips about introducing music into daily care. Author Kirsty Beilharz has woven together fascinating insights into music, our brains and dementia with practical advice on music engagement.
Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me (2014)
In 2011, music legend Glen Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour across America. He thought it would last 5 weeks; instead it went for 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half. What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, Glen and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a ‘Goodbye Tour.’ The film documents this extraordinary journey as he and his family attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of Glen’s progressing disease using love, laughter and music as their medicine of choice.
DVD: Alive inside: A story of music & memory. A film by Michael Rossato-Bennett (2014)
Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized and awakened by the simple act of listening to the music of their youth.
You can view the trailer for this wonderful film below: