Promoting Well-being Among People With Early-stage Dementia and Their Family Carers Through Community-based Group Singing: A Phenomenological Study


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BACKGROUND: Dementia can negatively impact the well-being of people living with dementia and their family carers. Research suggests that music psychosocial interventions are effective, safe alternatives to pharmacological interventions for the promotion of well-being . However, evidence is limited, and research gaps remain. This study explores how a community-based group singing intervention impacts the well-being of people with early-stage dementia and their family carers. METHODS: A phenomenological methodological approach was adopted. Participants engaged in a six-week group singing intervention facilitated by a music therapist in a community arts centre. Semi-structured interviews were conducted (n = 7). RESULTS: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis revealed four superordinate themes: (1) Social Connection; (2) Happiness and Rejuvenation; (3) Reconnection with the Self; and (4) Supporting the Carer-Cared-for Relationship. CONCLUSIONS: Evidence of multidimensional enhancement of well-being, absence of adverse effects, and accessibility of this musical medium support the increased provision of community-based singing groups for these populations.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Caregivers; Community Music Experience; Elderly; Interpersonal Relations; Interviews; Music Therapy; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Phenomenological Study; Qualitative Methods; Recreative Music Methods; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

Caregivers; Dementia; Singing; Dementia; community; family carer; well-being

Study Type

Phenomenological Study; Qualitative Methods

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