News and Views

It's never too late to start a new career
by Samantha Campbell ... Now retired from my busy show business life as a singer in the Sydney club circuit, etc, I wanted to record some of the beautiful old favourites of my genre, songs that I now sing for aged care residents on a volunteer basis, plus conduct the Golden Ponds Village Voices ... Click here to read more

ACRC Submission 'The Case For Leisure And Lifestyle In Residential Aged Care'
This submission to the Australian Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was uploaded by Graeme Pope Thursday, 30th July 2020. A downloadable PDF file 'THE CASE FOR LEISURE AND LIFESTYLE IN RESIDENTIAL CARE' can be accessed here. Click here to read more

Why Increasing Audits Won't Improve The Quality Of Aged Care
Absolutely correct! ... "You can't just keep putting more legislation and more rigorous checks on people." ... regulation may be necessary but it needs a commonsense approach to 'de clutter' the bureaucratic processes so staff can get on with the work they were engaged to do. Legislating behaviour never works. Click here to read more

The Green Book Music Collection
... Aged Care Music Resources Green Book Series provides an invaluable tool for community singing groups, seniors choirs and leisure and lifestyle programs in aged care. The three components of this collection: The Green Book CD Collection; The Green Large Print Song Book; and the Green Large Print Song Book Music Edition, combine to deliver a comprehensive resource to cater for the growth in choirs and singing groups nationwide. ... Click here to read more

Meet Jade Gilchrist
Graeme was thrilled to tap into the expertise of Jade Gilchrist, who provided invaluable assistance in sourcing the sheet music for this latest addition to the Green Book series ... Jade's love of music, which she embodies in her philosophy that 'music is a vital part of promoting wellbeing and something all recreational therapists should consider adding to their skill set ... Click here to read more

Choice of Music in Aged Care
The choice of music for residents in aged care is THEIR CHOICE of music. Click here to read more

Music and Memory
Professor Brodaty reveals what research says about the benefits of music for sufferers of dementia. Click here to read more

Lions and Lionesses see value in Aged Care Music Resources
Thanks to the foresight and generosity of Sylvia, Liz and other Lions and Lioness club members of greater Cairns, the aged care facilities staff now have access to a high-quality resource and the residents can enjoy the stimulation and experience of a valuable music program. Click here to read more

Culture Change Exchange
Topic: Relationships in Long-Term Care: Humanness, Permission and Operational Support. Session 2 - presenter: Danniella Greenwood: March 16, 2017 (You Tube - Full Video) Click here to read more

What difference can the right music make to people in aged care?
Retired flight engineer Graeme Pope met pianist John Sidney in a chance encounter in a hotel Hobart. Having recorded as much of John Sidney's music as he could, Graeme talks to ABC Radio presenter Ash Moore about how he now tours the country sharing that music with people living in aged care. Click here to read more

Music and aged care
Many aged care facilities are now using qualified music therapists to enhance the quality of life for older people in care, and this is to be commended. There is also plenty of evidence that the right music for certain people particularly those who have dementia is good therapy. Click here to read more

When we engage in enjoyable experiences, such as listening to our favourite music, the brain is stimulated to release specific chemicals which create a sense of happiness and wellbeing. For those living with Dementia and Alzheimer's it is essential that those who are responsible for their care, provide such happy moments. Here you will see why, as you watch the amazing change in the demeanour of an Alzheimer's sufferer, as she responds to music stimulus, and learn more about the science behind this response. Click here to read more

Music in Harmony with Person Centred Care
There's a quiet revolution happening in aged care. It's called Person Centred Care and according to Aged Care Music Resources' Graeme Pope it's a welcome and long-overdue way of thinking. Click here to read more

Barry Hall is now back on air with his new program 'Anything Goes'
In South Australia Barry Hall is a name synonymous with music and entertainment. After more than 30 years involvement in local radio and television as an announcer and musician Barry Hall takes to the airwave once again with his new program Anything Goes, aired on Hills Radio 88.9 FM every Monday from 12 noon through to 2:00PM Adelaide time (ACDT - GMT + 10.5 Hours). Click here to read more

A new music resource for recreation staff in aged care
Blue and Red Book CD Collection reviewed by diversional therapist Lauretta Kaldor ... "the sound quality is excellent and the presentation and ease of use makes this resource a valuable investment at a facility catering for people living with dementia." Click here to read more

Music the tonic for depression in aged care
Saddened but not surprised was our reaction to an aged care industry report which revealed more than half of all permanent aged care residents in Australia have depression. Click here to read more

Christine Bryden: A conversation about dementia
Christine Bryden was diagnosed with dementia at 46 years of age after experiencing symptoms of what she thought was stress, including headaches and some of the stereotypical forgetfulness, memory loss and confusion. Watch the video ... Click here to read more