Side-by-Side on Stage - Music and Drama Form a Bridge between Acting Students and People with Dementia in an Intergenerational Group Work: Research

Ayelet Dassa, Dovrat Harel

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Abstract

This article presents an intergenerational music and drama therapy groups comprised of twelve people with dementia residing in a nursing home and twelve acting students from the community. The qualitative research aimed to explore the students’ attitudes towards elderly people, and to understand the role of creative arts therapies in facilitating intergenerational relationships. Qualitative content analysis of students’ weekly reports and questionnaires revealed the gradual process of connection between the students and people with dementia. Engaging in a creative act helped the students to discover the strengths and abilities of people with dementia and to see beyond the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-30
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Intergenerational Relationships
Volume18
Issue number1
Early online date30 Jul 2019
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2020

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Keywords

  • dementia
  • drama therapy
  • intergenerational group
  • music therapy

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