Music in the care pathway

Care provider Anchor has launched a dementia music therapy project with a university research unit to find out how best to include music in the care pathway.

Funded by the Utley Foundation and conducted with Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research, the project will also upskill care workers in using music in dementia care.

Anchor said the project would “position music at the forefront of dementia care”, with 78% of the public saying that music therapy sessions should be widely available for people living with dementia, according to Anchor’s own survey.

Among the other findings from the survey, 75% of older people find joy in music and 74% of the public would want music therapy if they developed dementia themselves.

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