Here you will find details about how to get involved and what to expect if you take part.
You can join the study if:
During the Homeside research project:
You will be assigned at random to one of the following three groups: a music group, reading group, or control group. Your involvement in the project will depend on which of these groups you are assigned to and be tailored to your individual preferences and needs.
If you are assigned to the music group, a trained music therapist will come to your home. They'll offer you three training sessions to help you learn to use music in everyday life with dementia. The music group will:
The activities you'll use are based on well-established music therapy methods that have been widely studied in people with dementia.
If you are assigned to the reading group, a trained occupational therapist will come to your home. They'll offer you three training sessions to help you learn to use reading and the spoken word in everyday life with dementia. The reading group will:
The activities you'll use are based on reading interventions that have been used in clinical practice with people with dementia.
If you are assigned to the control group, you will not receive any music or reading training or be asked to do any additional music or reading. You will have the option to access either the music or reading programme after your study participation free of charge.
We will ask you to fill out questionnaires about your health and wellbeing at three points during the study:
We're currently looking for participants in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Essex and surrounding areas.
If you're interested in taking part in this study or would like more information, please contact us.
Dr Ming-Hung Hsu or Dr Jonathan Pool
Tel: 01223 695401
Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research
Anglia Ruskin University
Cambridge CB1 2LZ