The inmu provides wellbeing, eases daily care, lowers unrest, and provides people suffering from dementia with greater autonomy in their day to day lives. That is the conclusion of a new feasibility study.

“The inmu offers safety, enliven, and lessens fatigue during eating situations, stimulates peace and calm, prevents stress during toilet breaks, personal hygiene, dressing and undressing, eases transfers by lift, minimises nightly emergency calls, improves sleep, and can in the long run minimize the use of sleeping medication and sedatives.”

That is the conclusion of the newly published feasibility study Musical sensory stimulation for people with dementia. The study is conducted by Samskabelse in cooperation with Aps.

The study is based on knowledge collected from 50 people with dementia living in 11 care centres spread over 10 of Denmark’s municipalities. This puts the feasibility study among one of the most comprehensive studies of the correlation between music and dementia.

Social entrepreneur Marianne Saxtoft, who is also the owner of Samskabelse, describes the intended purpose of the study as being: “to uncover tools and methods, that are easy to integrate in the daily care and social life of people suffering from dementia. Tools that can also be used by the people with dementia, their relatives, and by their caregivers alike.”

In two out of three cases the study showed positive results from using the inmu in the daily care of people with dementia. It is an effect, that, according to the data collected by the participating care centres, is expected to increase, had the study continued for longer than four weeks.

The feasibility study is a continuation of research gathered by Danish and international studies on the beneficial relationship between music and dementia.

It is the recommendation of the feasibility study, that for the best implementation of the inmu, it should be introduced over a longer period of time, during which the caregivers at the care facilities are personally involved and guided in how to best introduce the inmu into the daily routines of the person with dementia.