We have a long-standing relationship with The University of Manchester, which drives the research side of our music therapy. Recently we worked with Dr Robyn Dowlen, who studied the ‘in the moment’ experiences of people living with dementia who took part in our Music in Mind programme.
Dr. Dowlen’s report concluded 3 main findings for people living with dementia and music-making:
- Living a Life Story through Music
- Being ‘In the Moment’ with Music
- Musical Ripples into Everyday Life
Another recent research project (with HKD Research Ltd) examined the impact of Music in Mind on participants’ social, communication and musical skills, their mood, and their carer’s wellbeing. This evaluation’s findings also included:
- An increase in 90% of the participants’ social, communication and musical skills
- A decrease in levels of anxiety, frustration, repetitive behaviour and agitation
- Observed improvement in relationships with other people
- The programme had a positive impact on the carer’s personal mood
Our Music and Dementia programmes are constantly evolving and improving to incorporate these themes into our practice.
To find out more about Dr. Dowlen’s research findings, please get in touch with the Camerata in the Community team.