Title

Music Therapy

Date

5-26-2016 10:30 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 11:00 AM

Location

WUC Santiam Room

Department

Behavioral Sciences

Session Chair

Jaime M. Cloud

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Rob Winningham

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

With an increasingly aging society, there is a need for more non-pharmacological interventions to effectively care for individuals with dementia. For example, Ridder, Stige, Qvale and Gold (2013) reported that music therapy was associated with lower levels of agitation and a decrease in psychotropic medications. Our team developed the Music Therapy Project, which was inspired by the documentary Alive Inside, in an effort to engage older adults with dementia and improve their quality of life. We collaborated with three memory care communities within the Willamette Valley to bring music into the lives of those with dementia using a person-centered approach. This project led to positive interactions among our volunteers and people with dementia and could be replicated elsewhere. We will discuss what music therapy is, what previous studies have revealed, and our own experiences with music therapy.

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May 26th, 10:30 AM May 26th, 11:00 AM

Music Therapy

WUC Santiam Room

With an increasingly aging society, there is a need for more non-pharmacological interventions to effectively care for individuals with dementia. For example, Ridder, Stige, Qvale and Gold (2013) reported that music therapy was associated with lower levels of agitation and a decrease in psychotropic medications. Our team developed the Music Therapy Project, which was inspired by the documentary Alive Inside, in an effort to engage older adults with dementia and improve their quality of life. We collaborated with three memory care communities within the Willamette Valley to bring music into the lives of those with dementia using a person-centered approach. This project led to positive interactions among our volunteers and people with dementia and could be replicated elsewhere. We will discuss what music therapy is, what previous studies have revealed, and our own experiences with music therapy.