Jane Bentley has been working to develop the role of music with people who have been hospitalized with dementia - both as an employed musician within Scotland's National Health Service, and as a consultant and trainer working with local and national music organizations.
Jane believes that there is a lot of interest in music and dementia in Scotland, and a lot of goodwill, but no established pathways or training yet. Jane feels that everyone is reinventing the wheel in their own setting.
Bio: Jane Bentley completed her PhD 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 travelling fellowship, to study the role of music in the wellbeing of older adults in Asia, and visited Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore.