UNISON Northern Ireland

Dementia and Music Therapy

Event Date: 
19 Aug 2019 - 10:00 to 12:30

UNISON Belfast

Music therapy is widely recognised as a highly effective health intervention. Songs can evoke powerful memories.  You don’t need to have any musical skills to benefit from music therapy. It’s not about being able to play an instrument or learning new musical skills. It’s about making a connection and enabling people to communicate.   In dementia care, music therapy can bring benefits in the following areas: Psychological and physical support: alleviating pain, anxiety, discomfort, agitation, depression, apathy, and loss of self-confidence; Psychological and physical support: facilitating self-expression, improving self-esteem and identity, providing emotional supporting, enhancing mood and quality of life; Increasing responsiveness, interest, focus and concentration; Reducing isolation, promoting social inclusion and interactions, strengthening bonds, facilitating communication with others. The workshop will be delivered by Everyday Harmony Music Therapy.

This course is eligible for backfill funding for attendees who work in domiciliary/home care, day care or supported living in the private and community/voluntary sector under the Training for the Domiciliary Care Workforce Project administered by NISCC.  You must get approval from your employer in advance.