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A team of health researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School and the National Institute for Health Research are working with local music charity Plymouth Music Zone to bring together people who have communication problems caused by aphasia.
Aphasia is a speech and language disorder, which is caused by damage to the brain, often as a result of having a stroke. People with aphasia can struggle to speak or to understand spoken language, but also can have difficulties with reading, writing or using numbers.
Of the over 150,000 people who have a stroke each year, around a third (33%) will also...Read more
Two systematic reviews undertaken by PenCLAHRC researchers have found that playing music at mealtimes in residential nursing homes is among a range of measures which could result in improved food intake among the elderly and better mealtime behaviour in those with dementia. A thorough analysis of research has identified that introducing changes such as music, wider menu choices or a more pleasant eating environment could also reduce the risk and incidences of malnutrition.
The first systematic review, published in Ageing Research Review, investigated 37 papers on issues relating to the elderly living in residential care. It categorised five types of mealtime...Read more