Music has a positive effect on people with dementia

Monday 26 May 2014

Print this page

Better food, better sleep and less restless . In short, people with dementia can benefit from making their own music. Therefore, the Frisian multiplatformfestival  City Proms started with various partners an innovative healthcare project: classical music creative workshops for people with dementia . After a number of pilots, soon the first four regular series of workshops in Frisian homes will start. They are made ​​possible by De Friesland Zorgverzekeraar.

Admissibility for music remains - more than any other power - the longest retained as the brain degenerates , even in people with dementia in an advanced stage. Concluded by famous British neurologist Oliver Sacks in his book Musicophilia. Making music allows them again equally able to communicate with others, so the scientist.

The Professorship Healthy Ageing through Music  at the Hanze University of Groningen has therefore developed together with the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen (PCC) music improvisation workshops specifically for people with dementia.

Dementia Care Mapping and the UMCG will do a quantitative assessment of the results of the workshops in Frisian healthcare .

For more information, please go to: