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Dementia, music and biometric gaming: Rising to the Dementia Challenge

Mitchell, Helen R.


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Ms Helen Mitchell
Senior Lecturer in Media Audio/ Collaborative Provision Coordinator, School of Arts


In 2012, the U.K. government launched its Dementia Challenge, authorizing additional funding for dementia research and health care. The search for curative medicines is ongoing, but scientific research reveals evidence that music can play a positive role in general health, and in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in particular. This article considers whether some of the challenges that dementia presents could be addressed through music therapy and proposes that biometric gaming might offer one means of channeling such associated health benefits to sufferers of dementia, even in the final stages of the disease.


Mitchell, H. R. (2015). Dementia, music and biometric gaming: Rising to the Dementia Challenge. Leonardo music journal : LMJ : journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, 25(25), 21-24.

Acceptance Date Jan 2, 2015
Online Publication Date Dec 7, 2015
Publication Date Dec 1, 2015
Deposit Date Dec 23, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 23, 2017
Journal Leonardo music journal
Print ISSN 0961-1215
Electronic ISSN 1531-4812
Publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 25
Pages 21-24
Keywords Dementia Challenge, Biometric gaming, Computer game audio, Music therapy
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Additional Information Copy of article: Dementia, Music and Biometric Gaming: Rising to the Dementia Challenge. Helen R. Mitchell Leonardo Music Journal 2015 -:25, 21-24


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