Finding the Light, Letting it Shine!

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People with late-stage dementia are often very difficult to reach. Music therapists have at their disposal a powerful tool to help in communicating with such people. Music therapists’ use of patient-preferred, familiar music, combined with close observation of patient behavior and response during music interventions, can make for experiences that are both meaningful and positively received by the patient, and richly informative to the therapist, and thus to the entire caring team.