Homeside: A home-based music intervention program designed to support people living with dementia and their family carers.

Presented by Felicity Baker

Homeside is an international randomised controlled trial designed to test the effectiveness of music and reading programs on behavioural and psychological symptoms in people living with dementia and the wellbeing of their family carers. It is widely recognised that music is a creative means to access autobiographical recall in the person with dementia and provide opportunities for carer and person with dementia to connect. Homeside coaches carers to use music or reading in purposeful ways to enable their loved one to flourish, lift their mood, and connect with their carer. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the study and the music-therapy informed carer training program.

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The research team:

Felicity Baker (1), Imogen Clark (1), Jane Davidson (1), Libby Flynn (1), Kate Teggelove (1), Kate McMahon (1), Hayley Miller (1), Karette Stensaeth (2), Helen Odell Miller (3), Thomas Wosch (4), Ania Bukowska (5).

(1) The University of Melbourne, Australia

(2) Norwegian Academy of Music, Norway

(3) Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

(4) Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany

(5) University of Physical Education, Kraków, Poland


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Photographs courtesy of Felicity Baker

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