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The Emerging Role of Music in Dementia Care - The Power of Connection

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Kids' Classics CLG in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy of Music presents:

The Transformative Power of Connection - The Emerging Role of Music in Dementia Care


With recent studies showing that just one hour a day of social interaction brings benefits to people with dementia, more and more attention is being given to the need to find ways to make meaningful, relational connections.

Music – particularly live music, can be a uniquely powerful way to reach people with dementia: because a musician can adapt to the rhythms and emotions of a person on a moment-to-moment basis, music becomes a shared language of relating and connecting - even at a time when words may no longer be accessible.

This talk will be lead by Dr Jane Bentley from Scotland in partnership with Kids' Classics, Ireland's leading Music in Healthcare Organisation. You will hear about current professional 'Music in Healthcare' programmes, training and partnerships with leading national arts organistions in Scotland and Ireland.

This event marks the beginning of a series of 'Music and Dementia' events that Kids' Classics will be facilitating in May 2018, including 'Musical Memories', a programme taking placing in nursing homes and day-care settings in Louth, Meath and Waterford during Bealtaine.

Would be of Interest to: Arts Organisations, Healthcare Professionals, Community Music Facilitators, Educators, Musicians, Activitiy Coordinators, DayCare Centre Coordinators.

Dr. Jane Bentley is a drummer and music in healthcare practitioner, consultant, and trainer, based in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2011 she was awarded the first ever PhD based on drum circles and improvisation, highlighting the effects of group music making on human wellbeing.

She has brought music to elder care settings for over 15 years, and has worked in every area of mental health care, and with hospitalised children and adults. Alongside her freelance career, she works part-time for the National Health Service in Scotland, as a musician in mental health occupational therapy services, focusing on older adults. In 2009, she established the ‘Singing Memories’ group – one of Scotland’s first community singing groups for people with dementia and their carers, and has since trained many others to run groups of their own.

As a trainer, she has been delighted to collaborate the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, to develop and extend their work with older adults in hospitals across Scotland. She has been involved in training musicians, music therapists, occupational therapists, nursing staff and activity co-ordinators from Brighton to Chicago.

in 2015 she was awarded a prestigious Churchill travelling fellowship, to study the role of music in the wellbeing of older adults in Asia, and visited Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. In 2016, She was named a ‘BBC Music Unsung Hero’ for her work in community music. In 2018/19, she will take up an international leadership fellowship with the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College, Dublin and the University of California, San Francisco, to further develop the field of music in dementia care.


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