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“Now he sings”. The My Musical Memories Reminiscence Programme: Personalised Interactive Reminiscence Sessions for People Living With Dementia

Evans, Simon ORCID:, Garabedian, Claire and Bray, Jennifer ORCID: (2017) “Now he sings”. The My Musical Memories Reminiscence Programme: Personalised Interactive Reminiscence Sessions for People Living With Dementia. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 18 (3). pp. 1181-1198. ISSN 1417-3012 Online: 1741-2684

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This paper explores the impact of the My Musical Memories Reminiscence Programme (MMMRP), an innovative intervention that adopts a music-based reminiscence approach. MMMRP builds on the format of the popular Singing for the Brain sessions with the aim of increasing opportunities for interaction and reminiscence among people living with dementia. Data were collected pre- and post-intervention and three months later using structured observation, interviews and focus groups. Results suggest that that programme had a positive impact on participants by promoting engagement, reminiscence and social interaction. For some individuals the impacts continued beyond their participation in the programme. A range of key facilitators for successful implementation of this approach were identified including the Session Leader role, the involvement of informal carers and the input of volunteers.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: interaction, music, personalisation, reminiscence, people with dementia, My Musical Memories Reminiscence Programme, MMMRP
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Simon Evans
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2017 13:18
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2020 13:02

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