Music and dementia

In this blog, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia and the Deputy Chief Allied Health Professions Officer look at how music can trigger golden memories and benefit people with dementia | NHS England


This blog explores the many benefits music can have in the setting of dementia. Music, the authors state, can help reduce anxiety and depression, help maintain speech and language, is helpful at the end of life, enhances quality of life and has a positive impact on carers. The article quotes specific benefits including:

  • music provides a ready resource for enjoyment and entertainment, especially when shared with families and loved ones in a shared experience
  • bespoke playlists for carers and loved ones for people with dementia can facilitate sharing and very positive interactions

Full blog: Music and dementia: a powerful connector

See also: Commission into Music and Dementia | The International Longevity Centre

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