Music and Dementia

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​​​​Music can improve the quality of life of people with dementia and the communication with people in their immediate environment. The number of people with dementia will increase in the coming years and working with the elderly, among them people with dementia, can be an important new practice for (future) musicians. In collaboration with partners from the health care sector and the music profession the research group Lifelong Learning in Music has developed a training programme for giving interactive music workshops to people with dementia. Throughout the Netherlands musicians who have followed this programme, are now working actively with people with dementia in care centres.

 

Example of music practice with people with dementia (Music for Life, Wigmore Hall Learning, London)

In 2013 and 2014 the training has been tested at the Prince Claus Conservatoire (Groningen) and the Royal Conservatoire (The Hague), including pilot projects at residential homes. On Friday 6 June 2014 a final symposium on Music and Dementia took place in Amsterdam visited by 100 participants ranging from musicians to representants from health care institutions for the elderly.

Newsletter Music and Dementia March 2014
Newsletter Music and Dementia February 2014
Newsletter Music and Dementia July 2013
Project phases


 

Partners

  • Music for Life/Wigmore Hall Learning, Londen;
  • ZINN, Groningen;
  • Rudolf Steiner Zorg/Rafaël foundation, Den Haag;
  • Alzheimer Nederland;
  • Concertgebouw Amsterdam, department of Educatie and Participatie

 

Background

From 2010 to 2012 the research group Lifelong Learning in Music conducted research into the practice of Music for Life. Music for Life is a joint project of Wigmore Hall Learning and Dementia UK, in collaboration with Jewish Care, aimed at the development of interactive music workshops for people with dementia and their carers.
Transfer of this practice to The Netherlands and the development of a training for musicians who want to specialise in leadling workshops for people with dementia was part of the follow-up project.  


This project was made possible with the support of Banning de Jong Endowment of the Prince Bernhard Culture fund, Fund Sluyterman van Loo and RCOAK:

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