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Music Therapy

Music plays an important part of our daily life. It evokes memories and emotions and at times, stops us in our tracks when a piece of music triggers a special moment in our life.

We use music as a powerful tool in so many aspects of our lives. Athletes use it to motivate them when training for a big competition, we play it calm us and help us meditate but most of all for pure enjoyment and fun.

It is widely acknowledged that music plays a key part in supporting people living with dementia, whether at home or living in a residential home. Recent studies show how music is used to encourage mobility and helping people who are distressed and experiencing a high level of anxiety.

Pesonalised play lists are a great way to interact and care for people. Linking these with photographs can start some great conversations.

What are your experiences of using music when caring for a loved one with or without dementia?

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I cared for my husband before he went into hospital for the last time. For me, since then, a lot of music can bring memories vividly. Sometimes, I have to switch the music off if it gets too emotive. XX


My husband had dementia. but was able to select the easy listening channel on our TV. He enjoyed listening to dance music of the 60s and 70s, and kept time to the music by wiggling his toes. One day, despite wearing an oxygen mask attached to an oxygen tank, he stood up and twirled in a dance movement. I will always recall this scene.


What a lovely memory Jaykay.

Music is such a powerful thing. When you think how many of us use it when exercising, it makes sense that it is used to help motivate older people to mobilise to


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