פרויקט הדרכת מטפלים ובני משפחה לשימוש במוזיקה בטיפול היומיומי באדם עם דמנציה

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Abstract

The increasing incidence of dementia raises the number of informal caregivers (mainly relatives) and formal caregivers at home and in institutional settings. Aside from the assistance required in performing day-to-day tasks, the disease takes a toll on the caregiver who has to cope with behavioral patterns that may manifest in verbal and physical aggression and in resistance to treatment and care. A review of non-pharmacological interventions among dementia patients over the past two decades found that music can calm patients and decrease resistance to treatment and care and thus alleviate the daily life of both the caregiver and the person with dementia. This article presents a unique training project for caregivers and relatives on the use of music in the day-to-day care of the person with dementia, which has been operating as part of EMDA (The Alzheimer's Association of Israel) for the past two years. The project was conducted in three stages: (1) Training caregivers and relatives on how to use music during the daily care of people with Alzheimer's (pilot); (2) Training professionals from various fields (occupational therapy, social work, etc.) so that they could instruct caregivers and relatives on how to use music in the day to day care of Alzheimer's patients; (3) Training groups of caregivers and relatives of Alzheimer's patients on the use of music by trained professionals throughout Israel (twenty groups by now). The dialogue vis-a-vis the professionals in the field and the participants' reactions made it possible to examine the main achievement of the training to date: (1) The training imparted a new practice that could alleviate the burden of caring for the patient; (2) The training emphasized the power of music to improve mood and relieve stress; (3) The training also served as a place for individual support. The tremendous need for non-pharmacological treatment in Alzheimer's patients particularly highlights the importance of making music accessible as a simple and everyday tool that can help in these patients' care.
Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)11-28
Number of pages18
Journalגרונטולוגיה וגריאטריה: כתב-עת בנושאי הזיקנה
Volumeמ"ג
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016

IHP Publications

  • ihp
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Caregivers
  • Dementia
  • Hazardous substances
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Music therapy
  • Nurses
  • Occupational training
  • Sick -- Family relationships
  • דמנציה
  • הכשרה מקצועית
  • חולים ומשפחתם
  • מחלת אלצהיימר
  • מטפלים בלתי פורמליים
  • מטפלים ומטפלות (סיעוד)
  • תוכניות התערבות פסיכו-סוציאליות
  • תרפיה באמצעות מוסיקה
  • תשושי נפש

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