'Singing for the Brain': a qualitative study exploring the health and well-being benefits of singing for people with dementia and their carers

Osman, Sara Eldirdiry, Tischler, Victoria and Schneider, Justine (2016) 'Singing for the Brain': a qualitative study exploring the health and well-being benefits of singing for people with dementia and their carers. Dementia, 15 (6). pp. 1326-1339. ISSN 1471-3012

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Abstract

Dementia has detrimental effects on cognitive, psychological and behavioural functioning, as well as significant impact on those who provide care. There is a need to find suitable psychosocial interventions to help manage the condition, enhance well-being, and to provide support for caregivers. This study explored the impact of Singing for the Brain™, an intervention based on group singing activities developed by The Alzheimer’s Society for people with dementia and their carers. This qualitative study used semi-structured interviews with people with dementia and their carers. Ten interviews involving 20 participants were analysed thematically. Social inclusiveness and improvements in relationships, memory and mood were found to be especially important to participants. As well as enjoying the sessions, participants found that attending Singing for the Brain™ helped in accepting and coping with dementia.

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Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page(https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia, music therapy, Singing for the Brain, psychosocial care
Subjects: Medicine and health > Mental health
Medicine and health
Music
Depositing User: Victoria Tischler
Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 15:31
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 07:54
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3305

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