Dr Amee Baird
Can music mend minds? Investigating the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of music on persons with dementia
Alzheimer's disease & other dementias
| memory | psychosocial | dementia-related decline in memory | neuropsychology | cognition
Music can have positive effects on persons with dementia. It be a powerful trigger of memories and emotions and provide a link to one’s personal past and a form of communication with carers. Familiar songs can be recognised even in the late stages of dementia when verbal communication and memory for other things may be lost. There has been little scientific investigation of how and why music can help people with dementia and their carers. This research will address this issue.