Engaging and connecting through music: enablement in practice

Engaging and connecting through music: enablement in practice

Kirsty Beilharz is leading a program which makes music an integral part of relationship building and engagement for people with dementia by embedding it into the daily routine of residential life. In April 2014, HammondCare commenced a music engagement program with a particular focus on helping people living with dementia and enabling care staff to…

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In the latest issue of AJDC

Cover story

Engaging and connecting through music: Kirsty Beilharz is leading a program which makes music an integral part of relationship building and engagement for people with dementia in residential care. Read it for free - click here .

Also in this issue

  • The story of dementia: Tom Kitwood: John Killick continues exploring the history of dementia through the stories of individuals.
  • Providing culturally appropriate care for Aboriginal people: Katrina Fyfe and Dr Andrew Stafford introduce a unique resource designed to help Australian health care professionals provide culturally appropriate care for Aboriginal people with dementia.

  • Small-scale living promotes choice: Natasha Chadwick explains how small-scale communal living supports and enables people with dementia, and outlines plans to develop a community for 120 residents in Queensland.

  • Designing dementia-enabling public buildings: Jason Burton explains the principles behind two new Australian resources developed to support design teams and business owners in improving the physical environment.

  • HDS-R: an improved tool for planning meaningful care

  • Therapeutic environmental design for people with dementia, and many more!

  • Plus the latest dementia research news, resources and events

Subscribe now to get your copy of the latest issue. Call (03) 8317 8163 or email dementiajournal@data.com.au