Music makes me want to get up and dance!!  When I listen to music that I love it makes me feel good but of course music can also evoke a memory that makes you feel sad.  I was listening to something recently on the ABC that said dancing improves your health in many ways. 

1.     You will slash your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes

2.     You will reduce your risk of certain cancers

3.     You will keep your bones strong

4.     It can help you ward off dementia

5.     You will give your immunity a boost

6.     You will sleep better and

7.     Your mood and mental health will improve

With a list like that I think it is definitely worth doing!!

There is so much information around now about music therapy and as designers we need to look at how we can incorporate music into spaces such as bathrooms, bedrooms, sitting rooms and even outdoors.  I think silent disco's may be on the rise in aged care!!

Enjoy and have a great week!



The power of personalised playlists.

In hundreds of care facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada, Music & Memory is helping thousands of individuals living with chronic cognitive and physical impairments to reconnect with family, friends and caregivers.

Now this remarkable program is available in Australia, exclusively delivered by the Arts Health Institute.

This is a program of developing personalised playlists of music on iPod shuffles for people with dementia specifically but more generally for people who are in pain, feeling depressed or isolated.

 “The program really helps create connections with people. It is a powerful way for family and friends to share music together, to remember stories and experiences.”  Maggie Haertsch – CEO, Arts Health Institute. 

So simple, yet so effective.

  • Participants are happier and more social.
  • Relationships among staff, participants and family deepen.
  • Everyone benefits from a calmer, more supportive social environment.
  • Staff regain valuable time previously lost to behaviour management issues.
  • There is growing evidence that a personalised music program gives professionals one more tool in their effort to reduce reliance on anti-psychotic medications.