Why we need music in care homes

How music therapy encourages people with dementia to engage with their environment.

Music therapy encourages people with dementia to engage with their environment

The number of people living with dementia in the UK is rising. There are 850,000 people living with dementia, and by 2025 the number is expected to top a million.

As well as memory loss, dementia can cause changes in behaviour, communication difficulties, confusion, delusions, disorientation, food cravings and hallucinations, as well as difficulties in judging speeds and distances. The neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia include agitation, apathy, aberrant motor behaviour, psychosis and mood and emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety.

The prevalence of these signs and symptoms is especially high in care homes, where 70% of people have dementia or severe memory problems.


The aim of music therapy is to regulate residents’ emotions through music. Music


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