Responding To Music is One Thing Demetia Cannot Destroy

Current research shows that personal music can reduce distress and agitation, as well as falls and wandering. It can limit the need for powerful medication. It has also been seen to make people happier, improve their relationships and reduce isolation. It helps not just the person with dementia, but also their nearest and dearest, whose lives are drastically affected by the disease too.Playlist for Life trains care home and hospital staff, provides tools and guidance for people using personal music at home and establishes community hubs. We are working towards getting personal music embedded into the routines of professional care, supported by rigorous evidence of benefit to residents, families and staff. Learning outcomes to this CPD: 

  • Discuss the use of personalised music for people living with dementia
  • Describe the benefits personalised music can have on the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia, their families and carers
  • Explain how the use of personalised music for people living with dementia supports a person-centred approach.

 Andy has been Deputy Chair of the charity Playlist for Life and was its Lead Trainer for three years.Until recently a lecturer/researcher at Glasgow Caledonian University, Andy holds honorary positions as Lecturer at the University and as a Cognitive Stimulation Therapist (CST) in NHS GG&C. He has worked in mental health care for 36 years and for the last 17 he has specialised in the care of older people and people with dementia in all care settings. His particular interests are in the use of reminiscence and CST.Since retiring early from GCU Andy has adopted a new persona as “The Music Detective” where he travels around the UK supporting people with dementia and their families to develop Personal Playlists and raising awareness of the charity.