Chelsea Mackinnon is giving a webinar on June 9 that looks at the effects of music on the brain and dementia. (Submitted)

Chelsea Mackinnon is giving a webinar on June 9 that looks at the effects of music on the brain and dementia. (Submitted)

Music and dementia featured in June webinar

“Music and the brain: Key considerations for dementia” takes place on Wednesday, June 9

Music, the brain and dementia is in the spotlight in June with the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s regular webinar series.

“Music and the brain: Key considerations for dementia” takes place on Wednesday, June 9 at 10 a.m. Guest speaker Chelsea Mackinnon will talk about how music may contribute to decreasing the risk of developing dementia, and the links it has with connection and communication.

An instructor at McMaster University, she educates students, health-care providers and family members about how they can use music within their own caring practices.

The next offering in the society’s “Lived experience” webinar series is on Thursday, June 24 at 10 a.m. In this session, Jim Mann, Myrna Norman and Craig Burns — advocates and community members who are living with dementia — will share tips and strategies on how to learn to live well with the disease and will touch on topics including problems with telling time, lack of initiative, resistance to hygiene, loss of abilities and more.

The “Lived experience” webinar series is a valuable opportunity to hear directly from people with lived experience and gain a deeper understanding of the issues they face.

The full list of webinars offered by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. this month includes:

• Living safely with dementia (Wednesday, June 2, 2 p.m.): Explore how people living with dementia and their families can live safely in the community.

• Music and the brain: Key considerations for dementia (Wednesday, June 9 at 10 a.m.): Guest speaker Chelsea Mackinnon explores the links between music, connection and communication and to discuss musical strategies for dementia and how music may contribute to decreased risk of developing dementia. You will come away with numerous practical tools that you can use.

• Driving and dementia (Wednesday, June 16 at 2 p.m.): Learn how dementia may affect a person’s driving abilities and strategies to ease the transition for driving cessation.

• Lived experience: Strategies I wish I’d known (Thursday, June 24 at 10 a.m.): Continue the discussion with people living with dementia who share some tips and strategies for living well with dementia.

To register for any of these webinars, or to access free recorded webinars, visit alzbc.org/webinars.

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