Health Silent disco fever – catching on in aged care

Silent disco fever – catching on in aged care

Aged care residents are dancing on air with music delivered through wireless headphones.

Researchers at the Australian Catholic University have found that silent disco music therapy makes seniors happier and healthier, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The university’s Dr Kristen Challinor worked with aged care residents across 63 homes in NSW and the ACT.

She encouraged them to dance and hold corridor singalongs, as well as participate in socially distanced bingo, virtual exercise classes and streamed religious services.

She noticed the residents with dementia were less agitated and apathetic.

Sixty-five per cent of staff said they believed that silent discos could lead to a reduced need for psychotropic drugs.

“Music has great potential to bring joy to people living with dementia as memory for music remains intact even once memories of people, places and words have faded,” Dr Challinor said.

Eighty per cent of staff told researchers the silent disco technology gave them a way to connect with residents.

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