The Rotary Club of Busselton Geographe Bay has teamed up with students at Busselton’s St Mary MacKillop College to improve the lives of local dementia patients – with music therapy.
The Club has organised the purchase of 40 audio headsets - with funds raised by the students and a donation from the Rotary club - for distribution to dementia patients in Busselton’s aged care facilities.
Music is being recognised worldwide as a valuable aid in the care of the elderly and is now the subject of a global study, led by the University of Melbourne, into the
use of music therapy to treat people with dementia and depression.
It has been found that favourite tunes stimulate memory, calm the mind, and spark
conversation.
President Chris said our project is based on overseas programs using specially designed headsets with digitally stored music, specifically set up for each patient.
“Families and friends help to organise a selection of music and songs, based on their knowledge of the patient’s earlier life musical preferences, which can be
played back to them on demand”, said Chris.
“Staff and students from the Mary Mackillop College Middle School saw the benefits of these programs and decided to implement a project in Busselton, with assistance and coordination from our club. Our ultimate goal with this project is to provide a better life for patients, carers, family and friends.”