An increasing number of nursing homes are introducing a Swedish therapeutic method that enables elderly people to play music.

Developed by Swedish music therapist Sten Bunne, 64, for elderly people, children and the disabled in 1980, the unique method overcomes physical difficulties and has proved to be an effective therapy even for dementia patients.

The Bunne method uses easy-to-play musical instruments such as a guitar that has a lever that strikes chords when the player moves it right or left by following an instructor's hand movements. Special flutes are among other instruments of the method, which makes playing music possible for anyone.