Music in Dementia Care: Overview of Best Practices

14dec9:00 am12:00 pmMusic in Dementia Care: Overview of Best PracticesSDAHO Webinar

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Many professionals working with older adults with dementia have a story to share – the woman who never spoke but who could play the piano for hours or the man slumped over the table who sat up and sang his heart out. Music clearly makes a unique difference for some, so how can we extend this benefit to others? In this presentation, learn from a seasoned music therapist what we know now about the best ways to integrate music into caregiving for people with dementia. Gain skills you can use tomorrow – whether you’re a trained musician or can’t carry a tune in a bucket.

  • Identify 3 neurological and cultural explanations for the unique effectiveness of music in dementia care
  • Learn 3 key concepts for using music to create a pleasing environment and improving quality of life for individuals with dementia (without causing overstimulation)
  • Identify 3 key steps in using music to help with completing ADLs and reducing agitation and aggressive behaviors
  • Discuss music programs designed to help people with dementia (including music therapy, Music & Memory, and streaming services) and troubleshoot problems with participants’ existing programs

Rachelle Morgan, MA, MT-BC, CDP, Soundscaping Source

Rachelle has been a board-certified music therapist since 2004 and is the founder of Soundscaping Source, which serves older adults throughout the Kansas City area. Rachelle is on the faculty at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, is a frequent presenter at music therapy conferences, and is in demand as a speaker, consultant, and staff trainer on topics related to music and eldercare. She is the author of the upcoming book Listen, Sing, Dance, Play: Bring Music Into Caregiving For Yourself and Others. Find out more at


Registration for this webinar is per connection needed at a facility. This allows multiple staff members to participate in the education using one connection. Prior registration is required to ensure connection information and applicable materials are distributed prior to the webinar. The registration fee for this webinar is $99 per SDAHO Member facility /$199 per non-member facility. CE’s: NHA & SW


(Tuesday) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST(GMT-06:00)