This presentation will discuss three studies that examined the benefits of participating in a choir facilitated by music therapists on health, wellness and successful aging of both cognitively intact adults and adults diagnosed with dementia; as well as the design and results of a sing-a-long DVD study for older adults. The background literature, recruitment, method, and results for all studies will be shared alongside a discussion and presentation of future research that builds upon the findings.
1. Participants will be able to identify at least two ways in which they may implement a choral experience for older adults with cognitive impairment (CBMT Scope of Practice: II. A. b. c. h. I. p. q. w. z. ab. ac. ag).
2. Participants will be able to identify at least two aspects of singing which are important for overall health, wellness and successful aging (CBMT Scope of Practice: II. A. b. c. h. I. p. q. w. z. ab. ac. ag).
About Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, MTA, MT-BC, FAMI:
Amy Clements-Cortes is Assistant Professor, University of Toronto; Music Therapy Instructor/Graduate Supervisor, Wilfrid Laurier University; Senior Music Therapist/Practice Adviser, Baycrest, Toronto; Past President CAMT, and WFMT Clinical Commissioner.