The Power of Music: Connecting with the Person

This is a great video that works on a number of levels and tells a very powerful story about connecting with people through music. Professor Oliver Sacks narrates through part of the video and this is an excerpt from a longer documentary by the Music and Memory organisation (Facebook page here). In part of this excerpt we see that the video relates to people with Alzheimer’s Disease living in nursing homes. By using iPods and finding the music which they are passionate about, the carers are able to connect with the person who has been disconnected from the people around them. This is an important principle in Person-Centred Dementia care where improving the quality of care to people with Dementia is based on understanding the person and their experiences and ensuring that this understanding is used in the formulation of their care plan. This video shows just one simple but powerful way that understanding the person can have on their quality of life.

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