Telehealth music therapy for persons with dementia and/or caregivers


  • Amy Clements-Cortés Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Contract Academic Faculty, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
  • Melissa Mercadal-Brotons Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Esmuc)
  • Tereza Raquel Alcântara Silva
  • Shirlene Vianna Moreira



The COVID-19 pandemic has placed many restrictions on social interaction. Although these restrictions are challenging for everyone, they are particularly difficult for older adults who are often isolated. While telehealth has been around for a number of years, it had not been practiced to any great extent by music therapists until COVID-19. Telehealth will continue to prove valuable even when the pandemic ends, and as a result, it is timely to assess the benefits and recommendations for best practices. This paper provides a starting point of reflection for telehealth for persons with dementia, offering practical recommendations and implications for planning and training.

Author Biography

Melissa Mercadal-Brotons, Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Esmuc)

Music therapy and music-based activities with people with dementia and/or their caregivers.


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