How does music help?

Music is not a cure for dementia; however, it can improve quality of life by making the symptoms more manageable. It offers a lifeline for people living with dementia, their carers and loved ones, which in many circumstances is unmatched by other interventions.

Research has shown and lived experiences demonstrate that music has the ability to help reduce the often-distressing symptoms of dementia, such as agitation, apathy and anxiety.

Beatie WolfeMusic supports people living with dementia to communicate beyond words, helping them to connect with others. It supports emotional health and wellbeing, particularly at a time when emotions can be overwhelming or difficult to process or manage. It has a valuable role to play in enhancing quality of life and supporting carers in their vital roles. When delivered effectively, music provides a way to be with and stay connected with loved ones and carers through shared experiences.

“Music imprints itself in the brain deeper than any other human experience. Music evokes emotion and emotion can bring memory. Music brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can.” Dr. Oliver Sacks

While music is something that can be experienced and enjoyed by all, it should be managed carefully by uniquely tailoring it to meet each individual’s specific needs and choices expressed.

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Whilst there are areas in which the evidence can be improved and strengthened, there is much to be celebrated in the existing literature. Click here to find out how research give us hope.

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