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Research examines the benefits of music for aged care residents

15 Mar 2016

Diversional Therapist Fran Mansfield from Aged Care Services successfully applied for a 12 month Dementia Training Study Centre Fellowship grant in May 2015. Since that time, Fran has been investigating the benefits of music and song for residents with dementia.

Fran said that researchers believe that music boosts brain activity and she has been working closely with 10 selected residents to identify the positive effects of music on the brain.

“I talked with residents’ relatives about the music and movies they enjoyed,” Fran said.

“I delivered an in-service training session to staff about my research project, encouraging them to play music if a resident was restless and to document the results.

“The late Neurologist Oliver Sacks said that “music evokes emotion, and emotion can bring with it memory…it brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can” and my findings so far indicate  that music and music videos are a relaxing tool,” she said.

Fran will present a report on her findings to the Dementia Training Study Centre Fellowship in Melbourne in April. MCS congratulates Fran on her research project.