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    Empowering Caregivers of People Living with Dementia to Use Music Therapeutically at Home: Design Opportunities
    Carrasco, R ; Baker, FA ; Bukowska, AA ; Clark, IN ; Flynn, LM ; McMahon, K ; Odell-Miller, H ; Stensaeth, K ; Tamplin, J ; Sousa, TV ; Waycott, J ; Wosch, T (ACM, 2020-12-02)
    Human-computer interaction researchers have explored how to design technologies to support people with dementia (PwD) and their caregivers, but limited attention has been given to how to facilitate music therapy in dementia care. The use of music to help manage the symptoms of dementia is often guided by a music therapist who adapts the intervention to respond to the changing needs of the person living with dementia. However, as the incidence of dementia increases worldwide, individualised therapy programs are less feasible, making it valuable to consider technology-based approaches. In this paper, we analyze data from case studies of home-based music therapy training interventions with two families. The findings show that embodied interactions supported the therapist in responding to the needs of the PwD and built an empathic environment that empowered the caregivers' learning. We discuss opportunities and challenges for designing technologies that support family caregivers' therapy-informed music use in dementia care.
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    Musical memories: Connecting people with dementia and their caregivers through song.
    Clark, I ; Tamplin, J ; Lee, J ; Baker, F ; Mercadal-Brotons, M ; Clements-Cortes, A (World Federation of Music Therapy, 2017)
    Active music participation may offer benefits for people with dementia (PWD) and their family care givers (FCG) living in the community (Baird & Samson, 2015). For the PWD, this capacity to respond to music-making activities, such as singing, may facilitate reminiscence and successful social engagement (Vanstone & Cuddy, 2010). As a consequence, FCG may experience meaningful and satisfying connection with their loved one (Baker, Grocke & Pachana, 2012). Receptive music listening interventions may also assist with the management of challenging symptoms of dementia, such as agitation and anxiety, offering FCG strategies to use in the home.
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    Supporting Healthy Ageing and Management of Age Related Disease in Australia
    Clark, I (World Federation of Music Therapy, 2017)
    As the global population ages, more people are experiencing the privilege of growing old. By 2050, estimates suggest that over 2 billion people will be aged 60 years or over (WHO, 2016). Current buzz terms, including healthy ageing and active ageing, are used to describe the notion of optimal health, independent life participation and security required for high quality of life through the full course of life. In Australia, 2 major policies support principles of healthy ageing (AIHW, 2017): 1) Preventative health, promotes healthy lifestyle choices, such as physical activity participation; 2) Living longer better, has a strong focus on supporting people with dementia (PWD) and their family caregivers (FCG). This presentation will discuss recent music therapy research in Australia targeted to address these policies.