Music and Dementia: The importance of multidisciplinary perspectives

Thanks for highlighting this work Kate Swaffer.

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I was really pleased when Clarissa asked the #demphd community for blog posts, and I thought I would take this opportunity to talk about the importance of taking a multidisciplinary perspective in dementia research.

First I thought I would just give an overview of the work that I will be doing, and then go onto explain why I believe taking a multidisciplinary perspective in my research will benefit my understanding of why music is beneficial to people living with dementia. The aim of my PhD is to work collaboratively with people living with dementia to first understand their ‘in the moment’ multisensory experiences when engaging with a participatory music project facilitated by the Manchester Camerata(a fantastic orchestra and charity I will talk about shortly!), and then work with people living with dementia in order to develop a music assessment tool. My aim is to make the project as participatory…

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About Remember Me

I am a retired adult educator. My wife had a stroke in February 2014 and now has mixed dementia. Her recovery from stroke has been exceptional apart from 50% loss of peripheral vision and vascular damage. 'Dharma For Dementia' is my approach to being Maureem's Care Partner: it aims to end the suffering of 'Prescribed Disengagement' (Swaffer) .
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