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Evaluating Singing and Dementia

There is an increasing acknowledgment that a range of interconnecting factors influences people’s health and wellbeing. The WHO 1 states “health as being a complete state of mental, physical, social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WHO 1946).

TAP is designing and delivering an innovative evaluation system that aims to capture the benefits of individual aspects to a singing for dementia project in Lambeth, in order to build a be- spoke web site coaching system.

There is a growing body of evidenced- based research of the value that singing has on wellbeing, so this study does not seek to duplicate these findings. Rather it will assume that there is a value to singling but will seek to understand how each section of a structured session affects people. So for example does singing "Its a long way to Tipperary" bring greater energy and happiness than "Over the Rainbow". Does a vocal word warm- up have greater impact on cognition and understanding than a vocal number warm- up? What are the mechanisms for creating a "Positive Experience" that wil enable individuals to floursih within the structured session?

The evaluation will capture 5 different aspects that point to different ways that a session can benefit or not individuals and the group and is based on different observational methods such as Dementia Care Mapping, as well as qualitative investigations:

Engagement

Understanding

Social Interaction

Vocal Expression

Positive Mood

Negative Mood

The project started in October 2015 and launched its web site in September 2016oncludes in Otcober 2016.

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