SOUND is an Erasmus+ funded project which aims to develop a training curriculum of active and passive music-making activities targeted at social and healthcare professionals and informal carers involved in dementia care. The project also aims to produce an original music-based nonpharmacological intervention to improve the behaviour, mood and quality of life of older people with dementia and delay further cognitive decline for as long as possible.
The SOUND educational programme will seek to address different needs:
- Those of dementia care professionals, who look for more effective methods and techniques for dealing with dementia patients,
- Those of informal carers, who need to keep on training and acquiring new competences for better managing their loved ones in everyday life, and
- Those of older people with dementia who must be listened and understood, should be able to communicate through a universal language, need to maintain their residual cognitive capabilities and seek to improve their quality of life.