‘Singing for the Brain’: A Qualitative Study Exploring the Health and Well-being Benefits of Singing for People With Dementia and Their Carers


Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice




Dementia has detrimental effects on cognitive, psychological and behavioural functioning, as well as significant impact on those who provide care. There is a need to find suitable psychosocial interventions to help manage the condition, enhance well-being, and to provide support for caregivers. This study explored the impact of Singing for the Brain™, an intervention based on group singing activities developed by The Alzheimer’s Society for people with dementia and their carers. This qualitative study used semi-structured interviews with people with dementia and their carers. Ten interviews involving 20 participants were analysed thematically. Social inclusiveness and improvements in relationships, memory and mood were found to be especially important to participants. As well as enjoying the sessions, participants found that attending Singing for the Brain™ helped in accepting and coping with dementia. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Cognitive Abilities; Coping; Engagement Level; Interviews; Mood; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Recreative Music Methods; Singing a Song; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

dementia; Singing for the Brain; psychosocial care; Alzheimer Disease; Caregivers; Health Status; Qualitative Research; Quality of Life; Well Being

Study Type

Case Study; Qualitative Methods

Document Type