Episode 27

Music for Dementia with Grace Meadows

Published on: 14th February, 2022

In this episode, we delve deep into the power of sound and music and explore how music can serve as a bridge to connect us with those who have dementia.

Grace Meadows is a music therapist and Campaign Director for Music for Dementia, a UK based campaign with a mission to make music an integral part of dementia care.

"Music isn't a nicety, it's a necessity for people living with dementia"

We explore:

  • The importance of sound in human beings: did you know we are wired for rhythm pre-birth through the heartbeat of our mother?
  • How to incorporate music into daily tasks to support smooth transitions through the day
  • How music can be used as a tool for those resistive moments
  • How music can support the caregiver/care partner
  • Why music is a conduit for connection and creativity
  • Grace shares a touching story about a man who was resisting care until a music therapist became involved

You can find our more about the Music for Dementia Campaign here: https://musicfordementia.org.uk/

Download their "5 Ways to Use Music" pdf here: https://musicfordementia.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Music-for-Dementia-5-ways-to-use-music-and-how-to-use-music-tips.pdf

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Life on Repeat: A Dementia Caregiver Podcast
A Podcast for Dementia Caregivers
Life on Repeat is a podcast for those caring for someone with dementia. Join Laura Vaillancourt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Geriatric Mental Health Specialist and Eldercare Coach as she explores helpful caregiving tips, practical resources and most importantly, how to care for yourself through this journey.

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Laura Vaillancourt

Laura has a unique perspective of dementia. She grew up spending time in the nursing home wing of the hospital her mother worked at in a rural community in the Pacific Northwest. She learned from a young age the importance and impact that connecting with those that have memory impairment can have. This early exposure shaped her perspective and fostered her passion and love of working with those who experience and live with dementia.

Laura is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Geriatric Mental Health Specialist and Eldercare Coach. She owns a group practice that specializes in serving the aging population and she has extensive experience as a consultant providing counseling, coaching and care management to families that are in the midst of making difficult decisions related to their loved one’s care and health transitions.

Laura's passion and professional experience has been working with individuals and family members that have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. She is a passionate speaker and educator on topics related to dementia and caregiving. She is the host of Life on Repeat: a Dementia Caregiver Podcast.