Dementia Care and the Role of Music

Music is a true wonder when it comes to exploring what effects it can have on the human brain, especially for those affected by dementia. Music can help talk and communicate more effectively.

During later stages of dementia, musical appreciation is one of the last remaining abilities.


Brain function can improve when people with dementia sing songs from musical. A four month study carried out at a US care home proved that mental performance of people who took part in regular singing lessons improved compared to those who just listened to music.

Classics such as The Sound of Music, When You Wish Upon A Star and Somewhere Over The Rainbow were used throughout the study and tests taken before and after the group lessons showed how mental ability improved among the group.

Music at home

Even the simple act of playing music at home on a regular basis can help. Finding the right type of music is important so if you are taking care of a loved one choose something that they respond to and engage with.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is based on the belief that anyone can respond to music. Those who are isolated or troubled can express their internal experiences through music rather than words, which can sometimes be more complicated and troubling. The staff at Barchester find it to be very useful as it can close the communication gap that can sometimes form.

The programme aims to improve quality of life for people with neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia or those who have suffered from a stroke.

Music therapy allows all individuals to express themselves and communicate in way they previously were not able to do.