Between practice, policy and politics: Music therapy and the Dementia Strategy, 2009

Dementia June 4, 2015

Does current music therapy practice address the goals encapsulated in the UK Department of Health document, Living well with dementia: a national dementia strategy (the Dementia Strategy) published in 2009? A survey elicited the views of clients, family members, music therapists, care home staff and care home managers, about this question by focusing on the relationship between music therapy and the 17 objectives outlined in the Dementia Strategy.

The results showed that the objectives that are related to direct activity of the music therapists (such as care and understanding of the condition) were seen as most fulfilled by music therapy, while those regarding practicalities (such as living within the community) were seen as least fulfilled. Although the responses from the four groups of participants were similar, differences for some questions suggest that people’s direct experience of music therapy influences their views.

This study suggests that many aspects of the Dementia Strategy are already seen as being achieved. The findings suggest that developments of both music therapy practices and government strategies on dementia care may benefit from being mutually informed.

Read the full article via Between practice, policy and politics: Music therapy and the Dementia Strategy, 2009.

Massive rise in health lost to dementia, finds global study – Alzheimer’s Society

Massive rise in health lost to dementia, finds global study

The number of people losing a healthy life due to dementia has almost doubled across the globe in one generation, reveals a report in The Lancet (Monday, 8 June). The latest Global Burden of Disease Study found a 92 per cent increase in dementia-related early death and years lived with disability between 1990 and 2013.

Link to full article:  http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)60692-4/abstract

Dementia from the inside

What is the video about?

In this film we find out what it might feel like to live with dementia. Viewers will experience a little of what it is like to find yourself in a world that seems familiar and yet doesn’t always make sense. The incidents pictured in this film and memories recounted are based upon true experiences gathered from people living with dementia

Messages for practice

People with dementia:

May interpret things that happen differently to those around them
May have unanticipated periods of lucidity and periods of confusion alike
May sometimes not recognise people or places they know well
May become frustrated with themselves or those who struggle to understand them
May not be able to articulate or communicate their anxieties, fears or frustrations
Live with unpredictability, such as the passage of time

via SCIE: Dementia from the inside.

Dementia: a public health priority

The World Health Authority has published Dementia: a public health priority.  Jointly developed by WHO and Alzheimer’s Disease International, this report aims to raise awareness of dementia as a public health priority, to articulate a public health approach and to advocate for action at international and national levels.  The report is expected to facilitate governments, policy-makers, and other stakeholders to address the impact of dementia as an increasing threat to global health. It is hoped that the report will promote dementia as a public health and social care priority worldwide.

Additional link: WHO press release

Screening all 75 year olds for dementia has potential

via Research scan – Health Foundation.

This study examined the likely cost-effectiveness of a one-off screening test for dementia for people aged 75 years in England and Wales. A computer model was used to estimate costs based on data from systematic reviews and research. The researchers estimated that about 3,514 people may be diagnosed as a result of screening, 2,152 of whom may not otherwise receive a diagnosis. The societal economic impact was between 3.6 million pounds in net costs and 4.7 million pounds net savings, depending on assumptions. This means that screening could be cost-effective but only if treatments and social care interventions become more effective.
Reference: Dixon J, Ferdinand M, D’Amico F, Knapp M. Exploring the cost-effectiveness of a one-off screen for dementia (for people aged 75 years in England and Wales). International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2015 Apr;30(5):446-452.