"DON'T LET ME GO". A CASE STUDY ON MUSIC THERAPY IN EARLY-STAGE DEMENTIA.
Author(s) VĂDUVA, LOIS; WARNER, CATHERINE
Publication year 2021
Publication name Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, Musica
Material typeAcademic journal

This case study presents the process of music therapy in a clinical setting, under the professional supervision of Dr. Catherine Warner, a music therapist with over 25 years of experience in this field. The music therapy sessions were conducted with a client displaying early-stage dementia symptoms. Over twelve weeks, with an eight-week hiatus due to the Covid-19 Pandemic lockdown, the client benefited from music therapy sessions which helped her navigate through the challenges of the disease, as well as providing a safe environment to express feelings and emotions. This case study presents the main themes of the work, such as combining poetry with singing, and listening to soothing music. This paper also illustrates the challenges of the sessions, especially in relation to memory loss and anxiety. Lastly, the therapist's reflections are presented to complete the overview of the work.

Keyword(s)MUSIC education, MUSIC therapy, DEMENTIA, COVID-19 pandemic, MEMORY loss
Language(s)English
Author affiliation(s)
1Senior Lecturer at the Music Department within Emanuel University of Oradea, Romania, 2Senior Lecturer at the Music Therapy program at The University of West of England, Bristol, UK
ISSN1844-4369

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