Brief In-service Training in Music Therapy for Activity Aides: Increasing Engagement of Persons With Dementia in Rhythm Activities


Activities, Adaptation & Aging




Analyzed the effects of a brief in-service training workshop designed to teach activity aides how to use music therapy techniques. 16 persons with dementia (aged 74–99 yrs), living in a nursing home special care unit, served as the research participants. Results showed that training conducted with activity aides significantly increased resident engagement with rhythm instruments in both one-on-one interactions and in group activity situations. Similar increases were observed in residents with a range of cognitive impairments. These results suggest that this intervention offers a potentially promising approach that indigenous staff can use to engage residents with dementia in purposeful activities. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Elderly; Long-Term Care Facility; Music Therapy; Neurodegenerative Disorders

Indexed Terms

in-service training of activity aides in music therapy; engagement in music therapy; 74–99 yr old nursing home patients with dementia; Client Participation; Dementia; Inservice Training; Nursing Homes; Paraprofessional Personnel

Study Type

Case Study; Qualitative Methods

Document Type