Remini-Sing is an NHMRC-ARC funded research project investigating the effect of weekly music therapist facilitated singing groups on relationship quality and wellbeing between people living with dementia (PwD) and their family caregivers (FCG). This is an important aim because over 70% of PwD in Australia are cared for in the family home by their relative or spouse, and we know that relationship quality has a major influence on health and wellbeing of both and impacts their ability to live together. Our pilot feasibility research found that participants perceived many intrapersonal, social, and cognitive benefits while sustaining healthy ratings for relationship quality, quality of life, depression and anxiety.
Informed by these promising findings, we are now aiming to recruit 180 community-dwelling PwD/FCG dyads living in metropolitan Melbourne, Bendigo or Hobart for a randomised controlled trial comparing participants attending Remini-Sing groups with wait-listed control participants.
If you are aged 60 or older and have a diagnosis of dementia or care for someone with dementia at home you may be eligible to participate in this research project. No musical talent or experience required!
This study has been registered with the Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ACTRN12617001513303) and has been approved by The University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee (Ethics ID 1749728.2).
Information on the outcome of the project will be made available to participants.
The Remini-Sing groups established for this research project have been developed with sustainability in mind and it will be possible for participants to continue to attend these groups if they wish following the study period.
To register interest participants should contact Carol Fountain at Uniting AgeWell on (03) 9251 5997 or CFountain@unitingagewell.org.