Music Makes Dementia Patients Alive - Toshiro Mitsutomi

May 29, 2018 - 1835 views

A professional flutist, Toshiro Mitsutomi, developed 3 tips to evoke dementia patients’ memory and their life successfully during his 40years career:

1) play close

2) play at the same eye level

3) looking in the eye while playing.

He actually demonstrated it by performing his original composition in the TED audience. Music saves health care - Musicians play the role of nurse through the practice of music.

Toshiro established the female orchestra “flumus" for the purpose of supporting female artists. He founded the Music Hope project which implements a variety of workshops that strengthen the ties of “music”, “body”, and “heart” through playing music, dancing, exercises, and breathing in order to provide health support and create a societal contribution for musicians and mainly for municipal facilities such as medical institutions, nursing homes, schools and educational institutions. They also perform concerts for all of the caregivers and nurses, and continue to support people with the infinite power of music.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Check out his video here!



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