Music Therapy for Dementia Specific Groups

Since 2005, I have worked with dementia specific groups. Groups can take place both in the general facility or in dementia specific wings. These groups have been used both to increase participation in a meaningful activity and to assist managing complex behaviours during sun-downing hours.

Goals of sessions include but are not limited to:

Cognitive Goals:

  • Increase appropriate receptive and expressive language skills
  • Provide sensory stimulation
  • Providing opportunities to to recall and share memories

Emotional Goals:

  • Elevate mood and reduce distress, anxiety and fear
  • Foster opportunities for self-expression
  • Promote sense of mastery through strength based therapy

Social Goals:

  • To increase positive social interaction including eye-contact, meaningful verbal interactions and responses to others
  • To foster sense of belonging and security
  • To decrease feelings of isolation and withdrawal

Dementia specific groups are flexible to best suit the quickly changing needs of clients. Although I plan each session if residents are unresponsive to an activity or if new needs present I adapt my session accordingly.

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