EMBRACE Nederland selected for nationwide research into the arts in healthcare

 In Music and dementia, Muziek en Dementie

The Embrace Nederland programme Music & Dementia is one of fifteen arts intitiatives to have been selected for a nationwide research project into the impact of the arts and culture in long-term healthcare. The goal of the research is to deliver tools for arts initiatives which promote and sustain the health and well-being of vulnerable elderly people. The initiators are the RCOAK Foundation, The Sluyterman van Loo Fund and ZonMW.

Margot Hoiting, director of Embrace Nederland, is delighted by this research and the contributions of these funding bodies: “We are absolutely convinced of the value of the arts in care practice, but the evidence is disjointed. The sharing of this research is extremely important in giving the arts, and therefore also music, a secure place within the care system. This is exactly what Embrace Nederland stands for and has always  striven towards.”


EMBRACE Nederland is a practical knowledge and expertise centre for the use of music in the care of vulnerable people and their carers. EMBRACE Nederland develops music programmes for, among others, elderly care, care for people living with dementia, vulnerable people living at home, palliative care and for people of all ages with disabilities. The successful Music & Dementia programme is based around a series of improvised music workshops, which have been proven to have a positive influence on the well-being of people living with dementia. There is a special accompanying training programme for care workers and volunteer carers, which provides them with tools to use music in the daily care practices. This is an integral part of the Music & Dementia programme and helps to guarantee an ongoing legacy of the music workshops.

The EMBRACE Nederland Foundation has charitable status.


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