Persons with dementia “are given a voice” when music and singing are included as part of their everyday life

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Abstract

During a post-doctoral project person with dementia and their relatives are involved in the research-process. The aim is to explore their experiences and what importance it has for them that singing and music are part of their everyday life and the rehabilitation effort. The research is carried out with inspiration from action research. Methodical is interviews, storytelling, video documentation and the Dementia Care Mapping method used. The results from this part of the project will be presented. The project contains three parts, which in addition to involve the perspective from the person with dementia and their relatives, also have focus on an professional and interdisciplinary perspective and an organizational perspective aimed at the conditions for implementation of singing and music in practice. Following research question will be elucidated: a) What experiences does persons with dementia and their relatives have when singing and music are used as a communicative form of intervention in everyday life and in their interaction and relationship with caregivers and what impact does it have on their quality of life and well-being? b) What impact does it have, from a professional and an interdisciplinary perspective that song and music are used as a communicative form of intervention in rehabilitation and in everyday life for a person with dementia and how does it affects the quality of the intervention? c) Which ideas and suggestions does persons with dementia, relatives and professional have for improvement and to the implementation and anchoring-process when singing and music are used as a communicative form of intervention? d) How can we develop a manual that makes it possible to implement and anchor song and music as communicative form of intervention in rehabilitation for persons with dementia? The research project is funded by the Velux Foundation.
Translated title of the contributionPersoner med demens "kommer til orde", når sang og musik indgår som en del af deres hverdagsliv
Original languageEnglish
Publication date31 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2016
EventAlzheimer Europe: Excellence in dementia research and care - København, Denmark
Duration: 31 Oct 20162 Nov 2016
Conference number: 26
http://www.alzheimer-europe.org/Conferences/2016-Copenhagen/

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ConferenceAlzheimer Europe
Number26
CountryDenmark
CityKøbenhavn
Period31/10/201602/11/2016
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