singing in dementia care

“the musical key to unlock forgotten memories”

 

introduction

The purpose of this document is to share my mission with you. A mission that simply states that singing plays a fundamental role in the care and well-being of dementia sufferers.
Expressing this verbally can be limiting but what is not limited is the strength of my experience and the experience the client feels during my particular mode of the Sing-along concerts.
Therefore, I invite you to capitalise on the breadth and power of this experience by considering what I have to offer to a client-base with compromised mobility, recreational capacity and mental acuity.

The core strength of this therapy lies in re-establishing interpersonal contact by re- awakening brain function.

It is my mission to enable clients of any age and medical condition to feel, see and hear how we can all re-connect on a fundamental and vital level via our own voice.

 

for whom

The singalong concerts are for dementia sufferers and their buddies (carers, friends and relatives). Groups consist of about twelve residents, twelve buddies, and a pianist as well as myself.

 

 

scientific underpinning

For some time, I have been developing my research and method in correspondence with Dr Prof Wilco Achterberg, leading professor of geriatrics at Leiden University in The Netherlands. Our empirically and scientifically-based exchange of information has resulted in his solid support of my Singalong concert-method.

Since then, my Singalong concert concept has expanded and been adopted by numerous nursing homes throughout the Netherlands & Germany (‘In mir sings win Lied’). My mission is to take this “gift” even further and share my project with as many people as I can.

Through my experiences regarding the powers of communal singing, I am passionate, convinced and confident that I can improve the overall well-being of carer, friend, relative, buddy and most importantly, dementia-sufferer.

 

testimonials

 

residents

“For me you are the best; I’ll give you a 10/10”!

“Maartje, can you please come back next week?”

 

family / relatives

“My dad was in very bad shape, but Maartje made him smile again and be happy. He actually spoke a whole sentence before we left, very special to us, because speaking wasn’t in his ability any more. Maartje gave me a moment I shall never forget; nobody can take that away from me anymore!”

 

“My mom turned very grumpy and didn’t want to do anything any more. In the past she always loved music and played the flute. After singing with Maartje she had this radiant glow of happines about her, using her arms again, spreading them wide out, like conducting the music. She even started talking very specificly about her flute, and wanting to play again! This state of happines lasted at least a week! We were so grateful!”

 

care takers

“Maartje has the ability to make contact with our residents in a very gentle and intuitive way, so people directly start to open up to her and sing along with a song. You see them wake up and, especially after the break, feel the positive energy in the room is building and giving a great atmosphere!”

 

“Maartje showed us singing is not just a great activity to break away from daily routine, but more then that; it is a powerful tool to make contact through another ‘channel’ and get people active and let go of stress!”

 

“I was already singing with the residents but now I will do this even more and use it in daily activities like eating or showering. It is such a sweet and gentle way to communicate!”

 

singing is an outlet for emotions and tensions and activates body and mind with positive energy

 

video singalong with eng subtitles

questions; do not hesitate to contact me!