Choral Singing Enriches Everyday Life for People With Mild to Moderate Dementia and Their Family Caregivers
- Fälth N, Brorsson A, Londos E
- Choral Singing Enriches Everyday Life for People With Mild to Moderate Dementia and Their Family Caregivers
- J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv
- doi: 10.3928/02793695-20211015-01
Dementia causes substantial suffering for affected persons and their family caregivers. Because no cure is available, it is important to investigate how alternative therapies can improve life for these individuals. For the current study, persons with dementia (PwD) were recruited from a specialized Memory Clinic in Sweden to engage in a choral singing intervention for 1 hour per week for four semesters. PwD were encouraged to bring a family caregiver to the sessions; both were interviewed and data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The choral singing intervention appeared to become an important social context for PwD and family caregivers and had a positive impact on relationship, mental well-being, mood, and memory. The intervention appeared to act as an enriched environment for all participants. Choral singing interventions for PwD and their family caregivers is a simple means to create a social context and improve general well-being.