New program is music to their ears

Music therapy program grows through Regis Tasmania sites

Retirement Living
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Music therapy's success sees it grow through a Tasmanian aged care provider's sites.

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BOPPING AWAY: Residents love listening to their favourite music with their new headphones.

BOPPING AWAY: Residents love listening to their favourite music with their new headphones.

Music therapy has been aiding aged care residents at Regis Legana.

The Rotary Club of West Tamar heard about a project involving a music therapy program for people living with dementia in Western Australia and decided to also roll out this initiative to benefit their community.

After a successful application to Rotary Australia Compassionate Grants and the Dick Smith Foundation, $1500 was approved to buy headsets.

Regis Legana was chosen to receive 14 headsets to support those residents living with dementia and it has had a positive impact on their daily wellbeing.

The Lifestyle Team at the aged care home asked the residents and their families what genre of music they enjoy and set up their headphones accordingly.

And it's been such a musical hit that members of the Rotary Club of West Tamar are rolling it out to Regis Norwood.

There is ample scientific research unravelling how music affects the neural pathways and connections in brains and how listening to music can provide essential emotional and behavioral benefits for those living with dementia.

The sounds they listen to awaken different parts of the brain that are not affected by dementia.

Listening to music, especially tracks from the individual's young adult years, encourage positive engagements and recollections for those living with dementia.

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