Rejoicing in the right to be irrational

On Saturday 18th April, I attended a thought-provoking conference on Consent and Capacity- Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (La Touche Training). As I drove home after the conference, I found myself reflecting on how fragile life is, and the importance of valuing the moment. In the midst of this process of deep and meaningful self-reflection (well not […]

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Music therapy during the end stage of Alzheimer’s disease

Here is a beautiful clip of a lady with advanced Alzheimer’s Disease actively participating in a music therapy session. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75nIIciQM0o

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Chronic pain spending in Ireland at €4.7bn a year

There was an article in yesterday’s health supplement of the Irish Times on the amount spent on chronic pain in Ireland. The article can be accessed at: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/health/2011/0215/1224289816897.html. With one in three Irish people suffering from chronic pain, there is a clear need to find effective ways of managing this. Internationally, there is a growing […]

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Carer’s week, June 14th-20th 2010, Cork based events

Cork based activities have been organised by the following organisations: Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Cork Branch Cork Family Carer’s Forum Carer’s Association West Cork Carer’s Association Ltd. For further information go to: http://www.carersweek.ie/events.htm

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Study finds music therapy a promising cure for dementia

From the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) website Date published: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 News source: The New Straits Times Region: International  Music seems to hold a promise for people suffering from dementia, for a new study has found that Alzheimer’s patients could improve memory by just listening to their favourite songs. For more […]

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Music as a memory enhancer in patients with Alzheimer’s disease

From the Journal Neuropsychologia 2010 May 7 Music as a memory enhancer in patients with Alzheimer’s disease Simmons-Stern NR, Budson AE, Ally BA  Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience, Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center, Bedford VA Hospital, Bedford, MA, USA; Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Department of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA […]

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‘Blow the dust off your trumpet orchestra’

Performing tonight at the National Concert Hall. This orchestra is made up of older adults who have previously played musical instruments. The orchestra is a project which is part of the Bealtaine Festival which celebrates creativity in older age. It is featured in this evening’s Six One News. http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0526/6news_av.html?2760923,null,230

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Music therapy and dementia

A study conducted by Neuropsychologia on the benefits of music therapy in dementia care was mentioned briefly on Global BC news hour this week. For more information follow the link: http://embemusic.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/music-therapy-in-the-news/

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Brain Awareness week, 8th-14th March

For more information about events in your area, go to: http://www.nai.ie/

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Hitting a High Note

Article in the current ‘Health Matters’ magazine describing a project which examines the role of music therapy in reducing depression and improving psychosocial functioning through active participation in choral therapy for older adults in residential and day care settings. The research  is being conducted by Bill Ahessy, Music Therapist, at the Meath Community Unit, Dublin. To […]

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