Music therapy for dementia
Music is increasingly being used to communicate and engage with people with dementia.
Music and sound play an important part throughout our lives whether through listening, taking part or moving to it. We can respond to music from a very early age, before words and language are developed, and this continues even when verbal abilities are lost and/or we are at the end of our lives.
Music involves melody, harmony and rhythm using instruments or the voice. It can be ‘passive’ i.e. listening to recorded or live music or ‘active’ in which people take a direct part through playing an instrument or singing. Music can trigger emotions, feelings and memories in people particularly when there is a personal connection to their past experiences. Learn more from Dementia UK