Music-with-Movement Intervention (Phase III)

Partnering Organization

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Matching Fund from Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living, Information and Technology Bureau)

Project Period

Nov 2020 – Oct 2023

Target Group

Elders with early dementia, their family members, staff of partner NGOs and nursing students of PolyU and CUHK


30 elderly service units located in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories

How it works

Music and movement can improve the quality of life of seniors with dementia, especially their communication with family members.

This project developed a culturally-appropriate Music and Movement Intervention protocol (the Protocol) for the Chinese elders in Hong Kong. Age-specific music and songs familiar to the elders are selected and tailored with movement to make an activity package that can be used by elder-and-caregiver pairs at home and in elderly service units.  

In Phase 3, the Project targets to enhance the intervention for community adoption through information technology. Building on the evidence in Phases 1 & 2, the Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living supports the development of a stand-alone tablet-based music interactive programme consisting of music motion-sensing games and AR games for the elderly with cognitive impairment.


Project components

  • 30 elderly service units
  • 90 staff and/or family members
  • 800 elders in the aged homes, day care and neighbourhood centres
  • 200 nursing students as trainers on Music intervention
  • A training video will be developed and uploaded for staff/family members to train at their own pace


HKICT AWRDS 2022 – Smart People (Smart Ageing) Silver Award


  • By adopting multi-sensory stimulation and augmented reality technology, elders will be motivated to participate in the music intervention.

  • An intelligent cloud-based platform will be set up to track the health conditions and engagement levels of elderly people measured through sensors.

  • Health and engagement data will be collected to refine the intervention programme for personalised needs

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