Notes of Memories: Fostering Social Interaction, Activity and Reminiscence Through an Interactive Music Exergame Developed for People With Dementia and Their Caregivers
This paper presents the outcomes of an exploratory study focused on the evaluation of an interactive music exergame for People with Dementia (PwD) and their caregivers. PwD tend to isolate themselves from the outside world, therefore carers need to develop strategies to maintain communication with them. Studies indicate that music–based activities provide an effective way to achieve social interaction with PwD. At the same time, physical activity plays a major role in dementia-related interventions because it can slow down progression and provide meaningful stimulation. Our developed interactive music game bounds these two concerns together; we evaluated the system afterwards regarding its individual and social impact and its integration into the daily routines of both PwD and their caregivers, focusing on its capacity to provide both enjoyment and relief from some of the effects of dementia. Qualitative data collected over 4 months confirmed the valuable impact of music-based interventions of PwD. Of particular note was how PwD used the game to improve or maintain their physical condition while recovering past memories and an interest in social interaction. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved)
Music and Health Institute Terms
Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Caregivers; Cognitive Abilities; Interpersonal Relations; Memory; Mental Health; Musical Games and Activities; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Psychological Outcomes; Recreative Music Methods; Social Isolation
interactive music exergame; people with dementia; PwD; caregivers; social interaction; music based activity; physical activity; dementia related interventions; Dementia; Intervention; Games; Reminiscence
Case Study; Qualitative Methods
Unbehaun, David; Taugerbeck, Sebastian; Aal, Konstantin; Vaziri, Daryoush Daniel; Lehmann, Jasmin; Tolmie, Peter; Wieching, Rainer; and Wulf, Volker, "Notes of Memories: Fostering Social Interaction, Activity and Reminiscence Through an Interactive Music Exergame Developed for People With Dementia and Their Caregivers" (2021). Research on Music and Dementia. 238.