Music remembers me: Connection and wellbeing in dementia is a first of its kind, how-to-guide about the transformative role music can play in supporting the wellbeing and quality of life of people with dementia.
In the book, author Dr Kirsty Beilharz, director of music engagement at HammondCare, traces the impact of individually-tailored music from the early stages of dementia through to providing dignity, reminiscence, enlivening and even restoring speech in advanced stages of dementia.
Music remembers me draws on an Australian-first research project involving more than 700 aged care residents to demonstrate the power of music and outline the opportunities for music engagement in daily care and support.
This practical resource assists care workers and informal carers supporting people with dementia to understand how music interacts with the brain and why people who can no longer speak may be able to sing-along with a favourite song from their youth.
Music in palliative care and for spiritual support is also explored.
Music remembers me officially launches in Sydney on 11 May and is published by HammondCare Media ($29.95).