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Alzheimer's scientists develop 'music therapy'

Alzheimer's scientists develop 'music therapy'
23rd September 2008

Scientists are investigating how music may be used to assist couples in which one partner has dementia.

The researchers from the University of Queensland are assessing how music may be able to improve levels of wellbeing in such relationships by invoking shared memories associated with certain songs.

According to the scientists, they hope to be able to restore shared positive experiences to couples who may have been robbed of enjoyable time together by dementia.

Project author Dr Felicity Baker said: "One of the biggest problems of couples living together where one person has dementia is that there's a breakdown in the relationship as one partner begins to lose their ability to communicate and interact with their spouse."

She suggested that the music therapy they develop could potentially be made available on DVD so that couples could make use of it in their own homes.

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Writing in the Daily Mail, Bel Mooney said St Thomas' care home in Hampshire provides a "homely atmosphere", while finding the attitudes of staff to be a "revelation".

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