Music sessions have facilitated joy, laughter (and sometimes tears!), an outlet for emotion, encouraged a conversation, fostered a connection to others and the environment, (even in more advanced dementia), encouraged engagement with open eyes, smiling and using words, physical activity - maintaining physical co-ordination, strength and independence. It has produce pride in personal achievement through singing, remembering words, dancing, recovering a memory, maintaining balance while standing up with support and deepened a connection between loved ones and their families.
One gentlemen who used to waltz, loved to teach staff how to ‘do it properly’ giving him a sense of agency and pride. One lady, who hadn’t been heard to speak for four years, after several music sessions, regained the motivation to form meaningful sentences and even engage in a short conversation.