Event Date: Dec 12, 2012 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM EST
Presented by: Stacey Saukko (HBFA, HBSW, MSW(c)) & Jack Henderson
Hosted by: CDRAKE and the Ontario Research Coalition (ORC)
This presentation discussed the Lakehead University Music Students’ experiences of Music Interaction in Long-Term Care and is based on research done during the 2011-2012 school year. They witnessed that music is a powerful tool for building relationship, awakening, and mutual enjoyment in people living with dementia. Ideas that were presented included tips for getting students or volunteers to engage with individuals living with dementia such as room arrangement and recommendations for interacting and communication. Also, a simple checklist tool was presented as an easy way to help students and volunteers recognize signs of enjoyment in people living with dementia. This project was a sub-study of the Quality Palliative Care in Long Term Care Alliance, a five year grant funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.