Professor Felicity Baker rehearsing with dementia patient Leonie Fitzgerald, 77. Photo: Eddie Jim
It was a stroke that robbed Leonie Fitzgerald of her words. Left with a skeleton vocabulary of just four or five words, her ability to communicate and interact became severely limited. Her stroke also saw her diagnosed with dementia. But music has reinstated her ability to express herself – and even learn a thing or two along the way.
Conventional wisdom has it that people with dementia can’t learn new things. But results of a Melbourne University pilot program encouraging patients with early and mid-stage dementia to write their own song lyrics suggests otherwise. Full story.
Bridie Smith (The Sydney Morning Herald) / November 11, 2016