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Led by: Dr. Melissa Mercadal-Brotons, PhD, MT-BC, SMTAE

About this SIG:

After a year and a half of diligent and productive work, the work of the members of the IAMM Special Interest Group, “Music therapy in the context of dementia: People with dementia and their caregivers,” has culminated in the publication of six papers in a special issue of the Music and Medicine Journal. These papers reflect the different topics that were identified by the group members as important to research and discussion during the 18-month period, incorporating the latest research in the foundations and applications of music-based interventions and music therapy in the context of dementia. The group is interested in continuing its work since its members have come to the conclusion that there is enough scientific evidence to support and advocate for the different forms of music intervention that can be part of these people’s lives, as well as their caregivers.

This Special Interest Group would like to continue their work towards the drafting of a position (white) paper to influence government agencies and authorities of the importance to include music therapy in ¬insurance covered care plans for people with dementia. This position paper could be adapted to different cultural and political realities so that it helps music therapists from around the globe to become part of the professional staff in care homes for people with dementia. In some countries, this is already a reality. This position paper could also help in getting other organizations that support music and/or the arts, caregiver groups, advocacy agencies, and professional associations representing people with dementia, to join in the efforts to have music be part of these people’s lives, thus contributing to their wellbeing and a better quality of life.

Dr. Melissa Mercadal-Brotons, PhD, MT-BC, SMTAE

Dr. Tereza Raquel Alcântara-Silva, MT (Brazil)

Dr. Amy Clements Cortés, PhD, RP, MT-BC, MTA (Canada)

Dr. Ayelet Dassa, MT

Dr. Suzanne Hanser EdD, MT-BC

Dr. Kendra Ray, PhD, MBA, MPH

Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino, DA, LCAT, MT-BC

Dr. Shirlene Vianna Moreira (Brazil), MT, MSc, PhD

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