This book will change lives through the power of music. A compelling read for anyone involved in the care of a person living with dementia. A 'go-to-guide' crammed with informative, well-researched, and practical ways to empower, and enrich lives. Talented musicians, or total novices alike, we can all support the emotional and psychological needs of those in our care.
Inclusive, collaborative, creative, this book is not only a brilliantly rich resource for anyone using or wanting to use music with people living with dementia, it effectively demonstrates that we can all play a part in helping to make music a part of dementia care. Woven through the many of examples of how music can be used, in its many diverse and rich forms, we are helpfully reminded that music has the potential to be most beneficial and impactful when it's made in partnership with, rather than done to, people living with dementia. I would strongly urge anyone wanting to incorporate music into the care they provide for people living with dementia, whether they are care staff, relatives, activity coordinators, musicians, music therapists, trainers, commissioners, or those looking to develop their existing practice, to not only read this book but also put it into practice to help make music an essential part of dementia care.
This is the first book of its kind to provide caregivers and people with a dementia a research-inspired tool kit that practically spotlights the many benefits of singing and music and how to make use of them in one's daily life. The arts are not 'the frosting on the cake' but are very much part of supporting wellbeing and quality of life. The time is now for the arts to be recognised for their importance in the lives of those living with dementia and this book is a major contribution.