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Drumbeats for Dementia

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Friday, March 29, 2019 - 15:10 to 15:40

Dementia affects approximately 10% of Australians over the age of 65 years, but people in the 40s, 50s and early 60s can also be diagnosed with dementia. For many people living with dementia communication becomes difficult and being able to express themselves can become frustrating, l often leading to withdrawal and isolation. Strategies for helping people living with dementia enjoy life, enjoy the company of other and express themselves are important and the use of drumming is one such activity.

Drumming has many therapeutic, social and emotional benefits.

When you are drumming you use your entire brain. Studies have shown that drumming appears to synchronize the lower areas of the brain (non-verbal) with the frontal cortex (language and reasoning). Some studies have shown people living with dementia who are unable to communicate become verbal following a drumming session, even if only for a short time. Drumming helps you to relax, has been shown to help some people with pain as it causes the body to produce endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Drumming within a group helps you to feel connected and gives a sense of wellbeing and happiness.

This workshop will contain a short Powerpoint presentation highlighting the benefits of drumming by discussing the neuroscientific benefits, as well as the numerous social and emotional benefits. Following this you will all be invited to take part in a drumming session, which will be structured exactly as we would structure one of our Drumbeats for Dementia sessions. All participants will also be given information packs to take with you with pointers for incorporating drumming into the lives of others with dementia or without dementia, living in the community or at residential aged care facilities.

Questions or Contact?

Contact Kara who’ll assist you with any enquiry:

Phone: 1300 336 488 

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