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Electronic musical instruments for disabled older people.

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There was some research done several years ago by The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Sage Centre in Gateshead on playing music in retirement and how it improved the quality of people's lives.  However some disabled people are not able to play traditional musical instruments.  I was wondering if there were any easily portable electronic instruments that could be played by people who are either very physically disabled or have dementia so that they can join in with others. The joining in is also very important.

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Esther Hui 8 months ago

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Catalina Romila 8 months ago

Hmm, I'm not aware of any technology bridging device that can be added so easily. I understand that taking part is important but if there isn't much in terms of options I'd be tempted to just have them listen to music. I know this is a bit of a turn from the main question but it could be an alternative.

As you said the research shows that music is important, and I can't help but think that can help ones mood and behaviour quite a lot so I'm thinking you could get some benefits just by listening to soft music.

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Kate Harris 7 months ago

I think this is a great idea. Making your own music keeps your brain lively and brings a great deal of joy. Add some singing and you can share happiness all round. Bravo!

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