Resources for Using Music in Dementia Care

by | April 29, 2021 | Resources

Mary Sue Wilkinson, founder of Singing Heart to Heart (photo by Myrna Jacobs Photography)
Helpful resources for family and professional caregivers. Singalong videos, music activity ideas, and more.

Music is a powerful tool to reach and help people who are living with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. Using music in dementia care can help people better connect with emotions, memories, and other people.

We created our library of singalong videos as a resource for caregivers and families. Family and friends can connect with loved ones as they sing together. As memories are shared, new memories will be created. For some families, our videos will engage the person living with dementia while providing moments of respite for caregivers.

Using music in dementia care can take many different forms. Here are some links to help you find the resources that work best for you.

Resources on the Songs & Smiles Website

Singing Heart to Heart

Mary Sue Wilkinson is the founder of Singing Heart to Heart and author of Songs You Know By Heart: A Simple Guide for Using Music in Dementia Care. She and her team lead singalongs in and around Traverse City, Michigan. Her website is filled with helpful resources and encouraging stories.

Music Therapy at Home

Karla Wilson, a board certified music therapist with more than 30 years of clinical experience, offers personal online sessions for families caring for loved ones living with dementia.

Golden Carers

A family-owned business based in Brisbane, Australia, Golden Carers has been supporting carers of the elderly worldwide since 2007. The website provides thousands of activity ideas and support materials, including a number of music-related activities.

Other Helpful Links

Generation Connect provides a helpful guide to using music apps for dementia care.

Music & Memory is a nonprofit encouraging the therapeutic use of personalized music.

Playlist for Life provides free resources to help create personal playlists.

If you’re looking for a non-musical way to engage your loved one living with dementia, connect with Erica Curcio, a registered art therapist and certified dementia practitioner. Erica offers Caregiver Companion Art Therapy Kits and 30-minute Virtual Creative Engagement sessions.

2 Comments

  1. Evelyn Moore

    I work on a dementia unit and love every minute of it. you never know what is going to happen. I call it surprises around the corner.

    Reply
    • Eric Kolb

      “Surprises around the corner!” We love that! Thank you so much for the work you do.

      Reply

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Author Bio: Eric and his wife, Sheryl, founded Songs & Smiles to support families during the Alzheimer's journey. He loves singing and smiling and helping people living with dementia connect with beautiful memories.

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