Singing for People with Dementia

Singing can provide a range of benefits for people with dementia. Here is some information you may find useful.

The role of music for people living with dementia (published by Age UK).

BBC Radio interview: Dr Joseph Jebelli – “This is the reason people with Alzheimer’s can’t smell peanut butter…” Dr Jebelli discusses his new book ‘In Pursuit of Memory – The Fight Against Alzheimer’s’.

McDermott et al. (2013) “The importance of music for people with dementia: the perspectives of people with dementia, family carers, staff and music therapists“, Aging & Mental Health, Vol. 18, 2014 (6).

BBC Music website offers dementia lifeline – by Mark Savage, BBC Music Reporter, 28 September 2018.

Gallego, M.G. & Garcia, J.G. (2017), “Music therapy and Alzheimer’s disease: Cognitive, psychological, and behavioural effects“, Neurología (English Edition), Vol. 32 (5), 2017, Pages 300-308.  This article also talks about how music therapy has been shown to alleviate depression, anxiety, hallucinations and mobility problems in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.

Music Memories website by the BBC

We regularly hold sessions in the Cameo Café, North Walsham (organised by North Walsham’s Dementia Support Group).