Exploring the benefits and uses of musical experiences in the context of dementia care

Shibazaki, Kagari and Marshall, Nigel A (2016) Exploring the benefits and uses of musical experiences in the context of dementia care. Asian Journal of Human Services, 10. pp. 1-15. ISSN 2186-3350

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Abstract

By the time the average reader reaches the References section of this paper, statistics from the
Alzheimer’s Society (UK) suggest that an additional 187 people, worldwide, will have been
diagnosed as having some form of dementia. A combination of the rising costs of dementia care
and increasing evidence that costly medical interventions seem to provide a relatively limited
number of benefits, has generated a corresponding interest in a wide range of nonpharmacological
interventions for those with dementia. In this paper, we present a summary of
the initial findings from an on-going comparative study carried out in Japan and England. Our
research design involved a series of interviews and structured observations carried out with
participants, nursing staff and family members, all of whom attended a series of music concerts
in Japan and England. Our initial findings suggest that musical experiences can produce
significant benefits for those people living with dementia and all those involved in their care.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2016 10:34
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 05:27
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/60581

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