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Music for Dementia publishes guide to ease vaccine anxiety

Music for Dementia

A new guide has been published to show how music can be used to help alleviate COVID-19 vaccine anxiety for people living with dementia.

Entitled ‘A dose of music with your COVID-19 vaccination’, the guide explains how music can be used to manage the physiological symptoms and psychological response to vaccinations among people with dementia.

The one-page guide includes advice for carers, health practitioners and individuals on how music helps, with practical measures to take before, during and after the jab to manage the experience and make it more pleasant.

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Led by the campaign Music for Dementia, ‘Dose of music’ has been co-produced by organisations in music and care for people with dementia, including the National Care Forum.

Grace Meadows, programme director of Music for Dementia, said: “There is no situation that is immune to the power of music. We have seen this time and time again during the pandemic. The vaccination experience is no different; the calming and soothing properties of music can help reduce anxiety around having the vaccination, particularly for those living with dementia.

Vic Rayner, executive director of the National Care Forum, said: “It’s official. We want you to bang the drum for vaccination, or sound the trumpet or tinkle the ivories! We don’t mind what instrument you pick – but this guidance will give you some real inspiration as to how you can use the incredible power of music to support people in planning for and having the COVID-19 vaccination.”

Although conceived originally for people living with dementia, the information in the guide is also useful for people with other conditions or impairments who may be distressed or agitated by vaccinations or unusual events, Music for Dementia said.

To view and download the guide, click here.

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