Global Brain Health Institute Special Lecture

Music & Dementia – Understanding Potential and Practice


Jane Bentley, PhD
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at GBHI


The role of music in brain health is now generally understood to be a “good thing” – but can often be perceived in a reductionistic way – conceived as either singalongs or playlists of familiar music from the past. While these can be powerful strategies, music also has the potential to act as a “social technology” – to form a medium for communicative behavioral exchange that can enable connection and communion with people across the disease pathway. This presentation will include a short practical exercise that explores communicative musical behavior (no previous experience necessary!) and introduces a spectrum of musical possibility applicable to a broad variety of brain health contexts.


Jane Bentley completed her doctorate at Strathclyde University, focusing on musical relationship and interaction. She has worked musically in dementia care settings for over 15 years. Alongside her freelance career as a musician, consultant and trainer, she works part-time for the National Health Service in Scotland as a musician in mental health occupational therapy services, focusing on older adults. In 2015 she was awarded a Churchill traveling fellowship, to study the role of music in the wellbeing of older adults in Asia, and visited Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore.


Wednesday, June 26 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, HD 160 1450 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94158

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School of Medicine


Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Alumni, Staff


Mission Bay


neurology, neuropsychology, geriatrics


Memory and Aging Center, Department of Neurology, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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