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Living Well with Dementia through Music: A Resource Book for Activities Providers and Care Staff

Living Well with Dementia through Music: A Resource Book for Activities Providers and Care Staff


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Music is an essential tool in dementia care. This accessible guide embraces ways in which music can enhance the daily lives of those with dementia. It draws on the expertise of practitioners regularly working in dementia settings, as well as incorporating research on people with dementia, to help anyone, whether or not they have any musical skills or experience, to successfully use music in dementia care.

Guiding the reader through accessible activities with singing, percussion, sounding bowls and other musical tools, the book shows how music may can be used from the early to late stages of dementia. This creative outlet can extend to inspire dance, movement, poetry and imagery. The chapters include creative uses of technology, such as tablets and personal playlists.

The book also covers general considerations for using music with people living with dementia in institutional settings, including evaluating and recording outcomes.

Living Well with Dementia through Music is the perfect go-to guide for music-based activities with people living with dementia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785924880
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 01/21/2020
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Catherine Richards is an HCPC Registered Music Therapist and has worked with people with dementia between 1991-1994 and from 2008 to present day. She lives in Kent, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Singing, Listening and Responding (Harriet Powell). 2. "Musical Lives" (Harriet Powell). 3. "Let's Liven it Up a Bit" (Catherine Richards). 4. Bringing Couples Together (Maggie Grady and Ruth Melhuish). 5. No Time like the Present (Harriet Powell). 6. The Use of Music to Inspire Dance and Movement (Nicola Jacobson-Wright). 7. What's in a Word? The Creature Use of Music and Poetry (Alison Acton). 8. Every Picture Tells a Story (Alison Acton). 9. "A Song a Day Keeps the Doctor Away" (Catherine Richards talking to Stuart Brown). 10. Becoming a Music Detective (Sarah Metcalfe). 11. It's Easy When You Know How! (Alison Acton). 12. A Harmony of Simple Beauties (Tobias Kaye). 13. The Use of Music in Institutional Environments (Melanie Burton). 14. Evaluating, Recording and Passing on Information on the Musical Responses and Needs of People Living with Dementia (Melissa Elliott and Catherine Richards). 15. The Use of Music in End of Life Care (Arash Bazrafshan). Appendix.