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”Vita is angry and resists all types of interaction. When the caregiver wants to help her to the toilet, she spits, scratches and hits. Vita has a dementia disease and lives in a nursing home”.
The research focuses on a rehabilitation strategy where song and music is practiced and applied as a communicative intervention, based on the belief that this can help make it possible to facilitate the interaction with persons like Vita with dignity and respect.
Research shows that music can contribute to improved quality of life and better social skills, as well as reducing agitated behaviour, anxiety and depression for persons with dementia, when used in different types of musical activities, as music therapy or during care situations (Ridder 2012).

The research method of the project was action research. The communicative intervention has been studied from the perspective of persons with dementia and their families, from a professional and interdisciplinary perspective and from an organizational perspective regarding the conditions necessary for implementation of the intervention in practice. Persons with dementia and their families, professional staff and their managers has been involved as co-researchers in collaboration with the researcher.
As a result of the action research project there are created a research-based, realistic and user-friendly manual for institutions and interdisciplinary staff on how to implement and embed song and music as a communicative intervention in rehabilitation of persons with dementia.
The manual is internet based and contains authentic videos from practice.
I would like to present the manual and its contents.
The expectation is that the manual can contribute to knowledge building and knowledge creation regarding the use of psychosocial methods in rehabilitation of persons with dementia, as well as contributing to the development of methods and to revealing the organizational basis for implementing methods.

Translated title of the contributionHvorfor brug af sang og musik i demensrehabilitering
Original languageEnglish
Publication date15 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2020
Event24 th. Rehabilitation World Congress 2021 - Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 7 Sep 20219 Sep 2021


Conference24 th. Rehabilitation World Congress 2021

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Ottesen, A. M. (2020). WHY USE OF SONG AND MUSIC IN DEMENTIA REHABILITATION?. Abstract from 24 th. Rehabilitation World Congress 2021, Aarhus, Denmark.