Unforgetting Music: Exploring the role of music in the daily lives of people with dementia living at home

Rik Wesselink, Marike Hettinga, Geke Ludden, Berry Eggen

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Abstract

People with dementia (PwD) risk a deterioration in quality of life (QoL) as the dementia progresses. A growing number of studies show that music can increase QoL. Unfortunately, loss of initiative and problems during product-use hinder access to music. In this paper we first depict a gap in knowledge on the needs of PwD in relation to listening to music in daily life. We then describe how we applied contextmapping to gain in-depth insights in the role of music in the daily lives of PwD, using an ‘activity case’ and semi-structured interviews. Finally, we discuss the insights gained from a thematic analysis of these interviews and explain how these insights contribute to the current body of knowledge and provide pointers for future studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Design4Health
EditorsKirsty Christer, Claire Craig, Paul Chamberlain
Place of PublicationSheffield
PublisherSheffield Hallam University Press
Pages721-728
Number of pages8
Volume4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-8381117-0-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-8381117-0-0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020
EventDesign4Health 2020: Designing Future Health - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 1 Jul 20203 Jul 2020

Conference

ConferenceDesign4Health 2020
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period1/07/203/07/20

Keywords

  • Dementia
  • Music
  • Home
  • Daily life
  • Contextmapping

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