Music in healthcare specialist Dr Jane Bentley will give a public talk entitled The Transformative Power of Connection: The Emerging Role of Music in Dementia Care at Waterford Healing Arts Trust Centre for Arts and Health, University Hospital Waterford on Thursday 3 May at 6.30pm.
This talk is aimed at anyone interested in the arts and dementia care, and is presented by Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), in partnership with Kids’ Classics, Ireland’s leading music in healthcare training organisation.
Dr Jane Bentley is a music in healthcare practitioner, consultant and trainer, based in Glasgow. Dr Bentley was recently awarded a 2018/2019 International Leadership Fellowship with the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College, Dublin and the University of California, San Francisco, to further develop the field of Music in Dementia Care. In 2011, she was awarded the first ever PhD based on drum circles and improvisation, highlighting the effects of group music-making on human wellbeing. Dr Bentley has brought music to elder care settings for over 15 years, and has worked in every area of mental healthcare, and with hospitalised children and adults.
Alongside her freelance career, Dr Bentley works part-time for the National Health Service in Scotland, as a musician in mental health occupational therapy services, focusing on older adults. In 2009, Dr Bentley established the ‘Singing Memories’ group, one of Scotland’s first community singing groups for people with dementia and their carers, and has since trained many others to run groups of their own. In 2016, she was named a ‘BBC Music Unsung Hero’ for her work in community music. As a trainer, Dr Bentley has collaborated with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to develop and extend their work with older adults in hospitals across Scotland. She has been involved in training musicians, music therapists, occupational therapists, nursing staff and activity co-ordinators all over the world.