Music Therapy is particularly valuable in supporting people with dementia. Research shows that the part of the brain that responds to music is the longest lasting. A person may be able to play, sing, appreciate and respond to music even after most other faculties have gone. Music and singing songs may be an enjoyable satisfying experience, which aids memory recall and helps people to reconnect with their loved ones, as well as with parts of their life history and identity. Music therapy sessions include songs and musical activities tailor-made to the needs and background of the client.
Music Therapy for people with dementia can be individual or group-based. Sessions may take place at our RMT Centres or in care homes and day centres in the community.
The aims of music therapy for adults with dementia include:
- Supporting communication and meaningful interpersonal contact
- Reminiscence and improving memory recall
- Enabling positive social experiences
- Creating a sense of belonging
- Improving confidence, self-esteem and autonomy
- Working with emotional themes such as grief and loss
- Supporting emotional well-being
We provide music therapy services for older adults in RMT centres, at their home, in care homes and day centres, as well as online. Read what people have said about our services.
Referrals can be made by carers or any professional working with the adult in a health or social care setting. Adults are also welcome to refer themselves. Once we receive your referral form we will contact you to arrange an initial Music Therapy Assessment.