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Does a ‘Singing Together Group’ improve the quality of life of people with a dementia and their carers? A pilot evaluation study


Camic, P. M., Williams, C. M., Meeten, F.


Dementia (London, England), Volume: 12, No.: 2, Pages.: 157-176

Year of Publication



Ten people with dementia (PWD) and their family carers participated in a Singing Together Group for 10 weeks and measures of mood, quality of life, PWD’s behavioural and psychological problems, activities of daily living and cognitive status were measured at pre, post and 10-week follow-up. Engagement levels were monitored during the sessions and care partners asked to rate each session. Additional qualitative information was obtained through interview pre-post and at follow-up and subjected to thematic analysis. The results showed that PWD were deteriorating slowly over the course of the study on all measures but that they and their carers’ quality of life remained relatively stable. Engagement levels during the group were very high and attendance excellent. Qualitative data gave strong support to the group having promoted wellbeing of all participants and Nolan’s ‘Senses Framework’ was used to explore this further. Future research directions are suggested.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Camic_2011, doi = {10.1177/1471301211422761}, url = {}, year = 2011, month = {oct}, publisher = {{SAGE} Publications}, volume = {12}, number = {2}, pages = {157--176}, author = {P. M. Camic and C. M. Williams and F. Meeten}, title = {Does a {textquotesingle}Singing Together Group{textquotesingle} improve the quality of life of people with a dementia and their carers? A pilot evaluation study}, journal = {Dementia} }


aged, aged, 80 and over, caregivers, dementia, female, humans, male, pilot projects, psychology, quality of life, questionnaires, senses framework, singing, singing group, social support, wellbeing

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Cohort Study

Type of Outcomes

ADLs/IADLs, Behaviour, Cognition, Quality of Life of Person With Dementia

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Arts and Music Interventions (including Art and Music Therapy)