Music in dementia care: a review of interactive and receptive musical activities

Morris, Elizabeth (2021) Music in dementia care: a review of interactive and receptive musical activities. MRes thesis, University of Nottingham.

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In the United Kingdom around 850,000 people have been diagnosed with dementia, and this is projected to rise to 1.6 million by 2040 (Alzheimer’s Society, 2020). Music-based interventions are widely accepted as a beneficial method to reduce behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, as despite cognitive deterioration, music remains preserved. The purpose of this research is to investigate how interactive and receptive musical activities improve quality of life for people living with dementia, and determine which type produces the greatest well-being outcome. Using a combination of qualitative analysis and secondary data, this paper presents a direct comparison of both types of musical activity. By conducting a survey of the dementia-friendly musical activities in Nottingham, it presents the current benefits and difficulties faced when providing musical services for people with dementia, and provides solutions to overcome these difficulties. Interactive musical activities were found to play the greatest role in improving quality of life; however, further studies investigating a combination of both interactive and receptive musical activities in one unifying programme are needed.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (MRes)
Supervisors: Cooke, Mervyn
MacLeod, Duncan
Keywords: Dementia; Music therapy
Subjects: M Music and Literature on music > ML Literature of music
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
Item ID: 64117
Depositing User: Morris, Elizabeth
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2021 04:40
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 04:40

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