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Musical Instruments Are Being Used to Alleviate the Effects of Dementia

Music is the remedy
Music is the remedy
Dementia patients at the University Hospitals of Leicester are to be enrolled in a new initiative that will see them engaging with musical instruments to help combat the effects of the debilitating illness. The University Hospitals of Leicester will be working with OPUS to develop a scheme that will aim to provide weekly visits from musicians over a two year period. As well as visits from musicians, the program will supply a number of instruments for the patients to play with for themselves.

The scheme is to build of the success of previous visits to the wards. Speaking of the heartwarming project Justine Allen, sister for older people at the trust said:

"The first visit from OPUS was inspiring and overwhelming to say the least. Patients with dementia who had found it difficult to communicate beforehand began to respond. They clapped, touched, opened their eyes, smiled, tapped and sang."

Nick Cutts, director and musician at OPUS, stated:

"We are delighted to be extending our practice at Leicester's Hospital to include work with older patients and those with dementia.We know from our experience, and from recent research that live music-making makes a huge difference within hospitals both to the health and well being of the patients, but also to the visitors and staff."

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By Josh Hummerston

Posted on 5 Oct 2016 11:56 to category : Music News

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