Music therapy for people living with Hungtinton’s Disease

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The Pixel Fund has generously supported the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) with an amazing donation towards the provision of music therapy for adults living with severe neurological disability. The RHN offers specialist rehabilitation and long-term care for adults living with severe neurological disability as a result of brain injury or illness. We are a specialist provider of care for people living with degenerative neurological conditions such as Huntington’s Disease and Motor Neurone Disease.

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Huntington’s Disease is an inherited, degenerative, neurological condition which causes damage to nerve cells in the brain and can affect movement, cognition (perception, awareness, thinking, judgement) and behaviour. There is no cure for Huntington’s Disease however recent research at the RHN has focused on the potential of therapies such as music therapy and therapeutic gardening to help maintain cognitive skills and to improve emotional wellbeing.

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Research conducted at the RHN and elsewhere has shown the positive benefits of music therapy for people living with HD. Music therapy at the RHN is entirely funded through voluntary donations. Our team of music therapists work with people individually and in group sessions, tailoring their activities to the needs and abilities of each individual. Music therapy can be used as both an assessment tool, using the MATA HD measure developed at the RHN, as well as helping to improve mood, stimulate cognition and help people express the complex emotions associated with severe brain injury or illness. In short, music therapy helps improve the quality of life experienced by people living with HD at the RHN. The support of The Pixel Fund will ensure that patients living with Huntington’s Disease on Wolfson Ward at the RHN have access to music therapy and the many benefits this important service can provide, and we are sincerely grateful.

On behalf of the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability