Current research is showing us that singing interventions have a positive effect on all stages of dementia.
I'm proud to have assisted the CQC in their research for their latest report on adult social care which highlights this.
2017 CQC Report on Adult Social Care
There is building evidence that music and singing
interventions work to improve the wellbeing of adults living with diagnosed conditions or
• Targeted, culturally relevant music and singing interventions can enhance mental
wellbeing and decrease depression in older people with chronic conditions in residential
and community settings.
• Participation in individual personalised music listening sessions can reduce anxiety
and/ or depression in nursing home residents with dementia and that listening to music
may enhance overall wellbeing for adults with dementia.
• Participation in extended (12 months) community singing programmes can improve
quality of life and social and emotional wellbeing in adults living with chronic conditions.
Singing with the accordian supports the harmonic structure of the songs as well as being a popular instrument of pre & post war Britain. In life before TV and IT most homes had either a piano or an accordian and families would sing and dance around them. Perhaps someone in your family used to play?
You would be suprised how many classical melodies are in your memory. Singing 8 - 16 bar motifs is a perfect alterative to words. Especially useful when singing with those with dementia - when words can fade, the melody will remain.
Who doesn't know The Can Can!
Accompanied listening and singing can bring connection and reduce isolation. This can work particularly well at the end of life care stage.
I work within palliative care and am happy to discuss your loved ones musical memories to design the best musical enviroment for transition.