About the Speaker

Ms Michelle Low Yin Yin

Music Therapist
Music and Creative Therapy Unit 
Singapore General Hospital

Ms. Michelle Low is an American Board-Certified Music Therapist based in Singapore. She joined the Singapore General Hospital in 2015, primarily working with patients undergoing neuro-rehabilitation, patients with dementia, and children with hearing impairment. Besides clinical work, Michelle has been involved in research since her stint in America. Her senior research thesis in Music Therapy for Patients in Pediatric Oncology was selected for the 2014 Southwestern Region of American Music Therapy Association (SWAMTA) Student Passage and 2014 SWOSU Scholarly Research Affairs. On top of this, she was selected to give an oral presentation at the 2015 New England Regional Conference on the topic “Understanding the International Student Perspective: On Music Therapy Education, Training, and Supervision”. Her research on the Effect of Music Therapy on Mood in Acute and Community Hospital Settings in Singapore was selected for oral presentation at the 4th International Association for Music & Medicine Conference. Michelle also presented a poster presentation on Music Therapy and Terrorism with regards to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the 2nd International Association for Music & Medicine Conference.


Track 8: Geriatric Rehabilitation
Music Therapy in Rehabilitation For Persons with Dementia
Date :  Friday, 8 September 2017
Time  :   1030
Venue  :   Auditorium
Abstract  :  Music therapy is an emerging non-invasive, non-pharmacological treatment modality. It can be used effectively in rehabilitation to address functional needs and improve quality of life for patients with dementia. Music Therapy reaches an individual who has lost the ability to communicate, to retrieve memories of life experiences, and those who have lost a sense of self and others, in varied degrees. Music therapy in Singapore in the acute medical setting was first established in 2005, and has since expanded to 3 acute hospitals and various intermediate and long term care settings. An overview of updated research in music therapy in rehabilitation and dementia will be presented. Local data from an acute hospital, and a community hospital will be shared. Implications of current care delivery, particularly as it applies to music therapy, will be discussed briefly.