Research by Casio UK – Playing a musical instrument benefits people with dementia –

Findings from a new study have revealed that nursing home residents with dementia showed signs of memory recall after playing the keyboard, along with numerous other well-being benefits. The research, conducted by Casio Music UK, one of the world’s most renowned producers of electronic keyboards and digital pianos, in partnership with Music For Dementia and charity care provider Methodist Homes (MHA), placed keyboards in homes for residents to use as part of its ‘Light Up My Life’ research initiative – a study exploring how music can positively impact people with dementia.

The research project took place in some of MHA’s dementia care homes nationwide over a six-month period. Casio provided light keyboards to nursing homes to use during music therapy sessions and musical activities that involved more than 100 residents with dementia, to improve participation in music and ultimately , to improve their quality of life. The sessions that took place were a mixture of individual sessions and group sessions, depending on the structure of the retirement home. Key-illuminated technology meant that participants could simply follow the keyboard lights, which guided them to the correct notes without any prior musical knowledge or prior piano experience. A range of well-known music tracks have been pre-loaded into the keypads for residents to enjoy. This unique key lighting technology was fundamental to the overall centerpiece of the ‘Light Up My Life’ campaign.

At the end of the music therapy sessions or musical activities during the six-month period, a research was conducted in which 185 people, including residents with dementia, music therapists and nursing home staff , were asked if there was a marked improvement on a number of well-being and physical factors impacting participants. A key finding found that residents showed improved signs of memory recall after playing the keyboard and producing a recognizable song – a statement supported by 79% of music therapists and 64% of nursing home staff. Additionally, 95% of music therapists and 71% of nursing home staff agreed that playing the keyboard increased or increased residents’ opportunities for social interaction with staff and loved ones.

The ‘Light Up My Life’ campaign follows the publication of the Power of Music report, co-authored by Music for Dementia and UK Music, earlier this year, which sets out a framework for how we can harness the power of music to support health and well-being, especially for people with dementia.

One of the main goals of the ‘Light Up My Life’ research project was to better understand and understand how musical instruments, as part of a musical care plan, can best help people with dementia at different stages. disease – and the direct impact of keyboards on residents’ well-being was clearly evident. Over 70% of music therapists saw a reduction in residents’ anxiety and depression, further supporting the evidence that music therapy reduces the need for medication in 67%* of people with dementia. Nursing home staff who spend the most time with residents reported a noticeable increase in residents’ sense of fulfillment and accomplishment, as well as significant improvement in other areas such as calm, restlessness, confidence and willingness to participate in these music therapies or music activity sessions.

Additionally, 95 percent of residents who participated said they were thrilled or felt happy after completing a song on the keyboard – a statement supported by 86 percent of music therapists. The sessions have clearly improved the well-being of the residents.

Neil Evans, Head of Casio EMI, said: “We are pleased to announce the results of this important research project and proud to see how our keyboards have played a vital role in providing access to music therapy for residents of nursing homes. dementia care. We are passionate about the role of music in care and hope that the research and learnings we reveal today can serve as a springboard to accelerate and improve the accessibility of music and music therapy for people with dementia. and those who care for them. , across the country and around the world. It is clear that the power of music can significantly enrich the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers. » Jill plays with maria 1

Grace Meadows, Campaign Director at Music for Dementia, added: “When Casio first approached us, we were thrilled with their passion to be involved in the work we do at Music for Dementia to raise awareness of the importance of music as an integral part of care for people with dementia The incredible results of the ‘Light Up My Life’ report speak for themselves and reinforce previous research on the limitless power of music to improve the lives of people with dementia and beyond. These are innovative and creative initiatives such as ‘Light Up My Life’ that demonstrate how easy it is for carers to incorporate music into good care to people with dementia. We would like to see this program rolled out nationally to help caregivers provide the best possible personalized care to people with dementia.”

Dr. Ming Hung Hsu, former Head of Music Therapy at MHA, now Principal Investigator at ARU, said: “While working at MHA, I was really pleased to have been involved in this exciting project with Casio from the very beginning. the beginning. The value of this innovative partnership was clear from the start and I was thrilled to bring MHA on board. Although I am now in a new position at Anglia Ruskin University, I continue to champion the ‘Light Up My Life’ vision.

Clare Barone, Head of Music Therapy at MHA, added: “Through our work at MHA, we know how important music is to the well-being of people with dementia and this research with Casio and Music for Dementia has reinforced that. What we need now is for more people caring for people with dementia to embrace tools like Casio light-up keyboards to give more people the best possible life.

Specifically chosen for the study, Casio provided its keyboard with illuminated keys – the LK-S250, which came with an adjustable stand and headphones. Easy to use, the LK-S250 has been carefully selected because of its fun, light-up key function which provides increased stimulation, resulting in the enjoyment and satisfaction of anyone capable of playing music independently. Perfect for beginners, the keyboard is lightweight and compact, making it easy to carry and take anywhere with its unique design.

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