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    Musical memories: Connecting people with dementia and their caregivers through song.
    Clark, I ; Tamplin, J ; Lee, J ; Baker, F ; Mercadal-Brotons, M ; Clements-Cortes, A (World Federation of Music Therapy, 2017)
    Active music participation may offer benefits for people with dementia (PWD) and their family care givers (FCG) living in the community (Baird & Samson, 2015). For the PWD, this capacity to respond to music-making activities, such as singing, may facilitate reminiscence and successful social engagement (Vanstone & Cuddy, 2010). As a consequence, FCG may experience meaningful and satisfying connection with their loved one (Baker, Grocke & Pachana, 2012). Receptive music listening interventions may also assist with the management of challenging symptoms of dementia, such as agitation and anxiety, offering FCG strategies to use in the home.
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    Supporting Healthy Ageing and Management of Age Related Disease in Australia
    Clark, I (World Federation of Music Therapy, 2017)
    As the global population ages, more people are experiencing the privilege of growing old. By 2050, estimates suggest that over 2 billion people will be aged 60 years or over (WHO, 2016). Current buzz terms, including healthy ageing and active ageing, are used to describe the notion of optimal health, independent life participation and security required for high quality of life through the full course of life. In Australia, 2 major policies support principles of healthy ageing (AIHW, 2017): 1) Preventative health, promotes healthy lifestyle choices, such as physical activity participation; 2) Living longer better, has a strong focus on supporting people with dementia (PWD) and their family caregivers (FCG). This presentation will discuss recent music therapy research in Australia targeted to address these policies.