What would life be – without a song or dance, what are we?

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Bamford SM, Bowell S

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International Longevity Centre

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This report examines the existing landscape and future potential of using therapeutic music with people with dementia, which forms one of the most pressing health concerns of our time. Adopting a holistic approach, this report is unique in providing an overview of current music-based provision for people with dementia, the scope of this work and the associated evidence base. This report has been guided and informed by the Commission on Dementia and Music, made up of experts in the field.
Ultimately, the report shows that music can provide a true lifeline for those both with and without dementia by promoting social connection, restoring a sense of self and bringing joy even in the most challenging of times. The ability to connect to music is an innate aspect of being human; having a diagnosis of dementia need not undermine this.

Main Focus: Physical Health

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Participant Group: Specific Physical Health Condition

Art Forms: Music

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Bamford S.M., Bowell,S. (2018). What would life be - without a song or dance, what are we? A report from the Commission on Dementia and Music. UK: International Longevity Centre.