Music Therapy in Dementia Care


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Music Therapy in Dementia Care
Edited by David Aldridge
256 pages

A comprehensive look at the use of music therapy with the elderly and dementia sufferers - from the research and experience of contributors from around the world. Includes a review of literature, the importance of singing, use of narratives, benefit of music therapy with agitation, coping with wartime memories, and improvisation as an assessment in early Alzheimer's.


1 Overture: It's Not What You Say But the Way You Do It

     David Aldridge, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany

2  An Overview of Music Therapy Literature Relating to Elderly People

     Melissa Brotons, Center Clinic de Musicoterapia, Spain

3  Working With Words: People with Dementia and the Significance of Narratives

     Trisha Kotai-Evans, Murdoch University, Australia

4  The Importance of Singing with Elderly Patients

     Alicia Ann Clair, University of Kansas, United States

5  The Problem of Agitation in Elderly People and the Potential Benefit of Music Therapy

     Annemiek Vink, Hogeschool Enschede, Netherlands

6  A Survey of Music Therapy Practice with Elderly People in the Netherlands

      Annemiek Vink, Hogeschool Enschede, Netherlands

7  Improvisation as an Assessment of Potential in Early Alzheimer's Disease

     Gudrun Aldridge, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany

8  Creative Music Therapy: A Last Resort?

     Fraser Simpson, East London and the City NHS Trust, England

9  Remembering and Forgiving

     Susan Weber, Ludwigs Maximilian University, Germany

10  Working with Images and Recollection with Elderly Patients

     Concetta M Tomaino, Beth Abraham Health Services, United States

11  We'll Survive: An Experiential View of Dance Movement Therapy for People with Dimentia

     Marion Violets, Private Practice, England


The Contributors

Subject Index

Author Index


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