Music therapy plays a vital role in easing anxiety, reducing isolation and helping people with dementia to retain and re-experience their sense of identity. The Nordoff Robbins Foundation believes that music should not be optional or marginal for those living with dementia, as music is as intrinsic as language to our identity – and, as dementia progresses, more so.
Music therapy is particularly beneficial in dementia care, as people retain their capacity to respond to and become engaged in music even as the brain deteriorates. While someone might have lost language, a music therapist can often still engage meaningfully with them, and this is key in breaking down the social isolation that is too often considered inevitable with dementia. Music therapy can also help people with dementia to sustain cognitive functioning, motor skills, communication and identity. NICE recognised this in their latest dementia guidance in June 2019, recommending that people living with dementia should be offered music therapy, to help promote wellbeing.
Sessions can be booked for individuals or as part of a group.
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