Music and dance therapy should be prescribed for dementia patients to stop them being ‘over-medicalised’, says Health Secretary Matt Hancock
- Matt Hancock said he wanted to avoid ‘handing out pills’ for dementia sufferers
- He said alternative therapies such as music and dance could help some patients
- Around 850,000 people in Britain suffer from dementia and this figure will rise
- Within a decade there will be more than a million Britons with dementia
More people with dementia should be given music or dance therapy in a bid to prevent them being ‘over-medicalised’, the Health Secretary has said.
Matt Hancock said that while guidance says local areas should consider music or dancing for people with dementia, such therapies have not been widely adopted across England.
Speaking following a reception hosted by the Prince of Wales at Clarence House in support of ‘social prescription’ therapies, Mr Hancock said: ‘Dementia can devastate the lives of people affected by it and although there is not yet a cure I believe we can do more to improve the lives of people with the condition.
Health secretary Matt Hancock, pictured, said he wanted personalised care for people with dementia that did not focus on ‘dishing out pills when it’s not in the best interests of the patient’
According to Mr Hancock: ‘There is increasing evidence suggesting music can bring calm to people with dementia by reducing agitation and supporting those affected to cope better with symptoms’
‘In particular, I want to combat over-medicalisation and dishing out pills when it’s not in the best interests of the patient.
‘There is increasing evidence suggesting music can bring calm to people with dementia by reducing agitation and supporting those affected to cope better with symptoms.
‘This is the kind of personalised care that I fully endorse as a key part of our NHS long term plan.’
Around 850,000 people in the UK have dementia and this is projected to rise to more than a million in under a decade.
Source: Daily Mail