Music Speaks: An Introduction to Music Engagement in Dementia Care

Date: 20 November 2020 - 20 December 2020
Location: Virtual
Venue: Online
Event type: Webinar
Music Speaks: An Introduction to Music Engagement in Dementia Care



This workshop is designed for Service Managers, Diversional Therapists, Lifestyle Assistants/Officers, Volunteer Coordinators and Care Staff.



Our session aims to raise awareness of music engagement as a valuable way to support personhood, recognise individuality and provide a way to connect and enhance relationships. It focuses on research-based evidence and practice and highlights practical uses and considerations to help the implementation of music engagement in aged care.



At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of engaging a person living with dementia through music
  • List different types of music engagement opportunities
  • Identify strategies to tailor the music experience to the individual
  • Review the use of music as a strategy to support a person who is experiencing distress
  • Reflect on practical considerations during planning and implementation of music engagement one to one


Joana Garcia - Dementia Consultant, HammondCare

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Joana is an accredited Dementia Consultant and registered Occupational Therapist in Australia. Prior to her experience in aged care in Australia as a Lifestyle Officer and Dementia Consultant, she worked for Alzheimer Portugal. She provided education, mentoring and direct support to people living with dementia and their families in daycare centres and community settings.

Joana joined the Dementia Centre, HammondCare, in 2016 and in the last year has been leading the implementation of the Music Engagement program in Dementia Care.

Joana is passionate about sharing her knowledge and practical experience and empowering others to implement everyday strategies to promote wellbeing, choice and participation for people living with dementia.

Music Speaks: An Introduction to Music Engagement in Dementia Care