Music Therapy in Dementia Care

Music Therapy in Dementia Care

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Within the last decade music therapists have developed their work with the elderly and with people with dementia. Drawing on the diverse research and considerable personal experience of contributors from around the world, Music Therapy in Dementia Care takes a comprehensive look at music therapy as a means of improving memory, health and identity in those suffering from dementia - particularly the Alzheimer's type. It explores the issues which may arise in working with this group, such as coping with wartime memories, and shows how music therapy facilitates and enables communication through sound and movement. This fresh, original book is an interesting and informative read for the caregivers and families of dementia sufferers, and an essential resource for music therapists and all those involved in psychogeriatry.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 155 x 233 x 13mm | 404g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • references, index
  • 1853027766
  • 9781853027765
  • 282,110

Table of contents

1. Overture: It's not what you do, it's the way that you do it, David Aldridge. 2. An overview of the music therapy literature relating to the elderly, Melissa Brotons, USA. 3. Working with words: People with dementia and the significance of narratives, Trisha Kotai-Ewers, Australia. 4. The importance of singing with elderly patients, Alicia Clair, USA. 5. The problem of agitation in the elderly and the potential benefit of music therapy, Annemiek Vink, Netherlands. 6. A survey of music therapy practice with the elderly in the Netherlands, Annemiek Vink, Netherlands. 7. Improvisation as an assessment of potential in early Alzheimer's disease, Gudrun Aldridge, Germany. 8. Creative music therapy: A last resort? Fraser Simpson, England. 9. Remembering and forgiving, Susan Weber, Germany. 10. Working with images and recollection with elderly patients, Connie Tomaino, USA. 11. We'll survive: An experiential view of dance movement therapy for people with dementia, Marion Violets. References. Index.
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The book is well referenced, covering a wide range of clinical interest. The clinical benefits of music therapy are clearly expounded upon, with various chapters covering worldwide approaches. Personal case studies and narratives help to illustrate the value of communication in its various forms. The behavioural characteristics of people with dementia are discussed and research underpins the benefits of music therapy with specific groups. Having no musical education personally, I was not deterred when rhythmical patterns were illustrated within the text. For those individuals using music in treatment programming, there would be definite advantages to using this book as an example of good practice. Poetry, dance and other therapeutic media are included in the text making this a valuable addition to clinical practice. -- British Journal of Occupational Therapy This is an interesting book that spans a range of areas not initially evident from the title. Specialised and non-specialised audiences alike can usefully utilise this book. Two chapters provide detail by way of notation to consider the interesting role of music therapy as a mode of assessment and as a means of engaging creatively with the person with dementia. Consideration of more focused outcomes such as reminiscing and managing agitation are explored as is the whole role of music in addressing post traumatic stress. At the other end of the continuum, the place of singing and the appropriateness of this mode of engagement for people with dementia are clearly made. -- Kevin Hope, The University of Manchester
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About David Aldridge

Gudrun Aldridge is a music therapist, university lecturer and supervisor in Germany. She studied music therapy in London and carried out her doctoral research at Aalborg University in Denmark. Her main areas of interest are psychosomatic medicine, music therapy with breast cancer and dementia patients, and the links between music sciences, aesthetics and therapy. She has previously contributed to several music therapy books, including Case Study Designs in Music Therapy and Music Therapy in Palliative Care, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
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