School of Health in Social Science

E-CRED: Connecting and Engaging Through Music

Evidence and experience show that music can connect and communicate with people living with dementia, without reliance on speech or memory.

Music engagement enhances a range of experiences emotionally, cognitively, physically and spiritually. Most importantly for older person’s quality of life and personhood, music is helpful in building and sustaining meaningful relationships.

As part of the ongoing E-CRED seminar series we are delighted to announce the following seminar:

"Connecting and engaging through music"

Drawing from experiences in residential and community care, and applications of research literature, this seminar will look at these areas of music engagement in dementia care including:

  • Reminiscence/story-telling
  • Emotional connection, relating and communication (especially in the absence of speech and memory)
  • Cognitive and speech stimulation, alertness
  • Cultural diversity
  • Reducing agitation and behaviours
  • Pain management
  • Creative expression and enabling
  • Personhood, emotional and spiritual wellness
  • Non-pharmacological interventions
  • The listening environment
  • Movement
  • Meals

Kirsty Beilharz, Director of Music Engagement, HammondCare Australia

Friday 13th November 2015
Centre for Research on Families & Relationships,
23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh

These seminars are free to attend and places are limited. Therefore please reserve your place by email to:

or call 0131 651 1832