Rossmoyne Waters seeks piano player to help dementia sufferers with musical therapy


Rossmoyne Waters resident Denise Theobald (94) listening to Wendy Millen (Village resident) playing the piano. Picture: Marie Nirme d453929
Rossmoyne Waters resident Denise Theobald (94) listening to Wendy Millen (Village resident) playing the piano. Picture: Marie Nirme d453929

ROSSMOYNE Waters aged care facility has put a call out to pianists with time to donate for music therapy with dementia patients.

Music is known to be an uplifting method of improving cognitive function and co-ordinating physical movement for people in aged care facilities, specifically those with dementia.

At Rossmoyne Waters, days are spent whisking clients away with classical music and hymns played by volunteers.

It is an opportunity for residents to sing-along with volunteers, including the Chinese Community Group, which holds concerts throughout the year.

Occupational therapist (OT) Pawel Ojrzanowski said music was important to all people and extended a welcome to potential volunteers.

“I believe that music is a big part of a human’s life and no matter our age we still get a lot of enjoyment from the fact that we can sing and remember so many songs (and) I see that in older people all the time,” he said.

“We would love to have more volunteers come in and play music to our residents, you have to see them to believe what a wonderful effect it has on them.”

OT assistant Anna Fui said residents felt at ease with music.

“Our residents just love it, they find the music very relaxing and it calms them down,” she said.

If you enjoy playing music, have spare time any day and would like to volunteer, contact Rossmoyne Waters reception on 9354 4133 or email pawelojrzanowski@adventist.org.au