The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Phases 1 & 2)
May 2014 – August 2016 (Phase 1)
Jan 2018 – June 2019 (Phase 2)
Elders with early dementia, their family members, staff of partner NGOs (Phase 1)
Elders with early dementia, their family members, staff of partner NGOs and volunteers (Phase 2)
14 elderly service units located in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories (Phase 1)
5 NGOs located in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories (Phase 2)
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-with-movement protocol (the Protocol) for 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.
At the project’s end, the Protocol was developed, and an e-Book published.
A study led by Professor Claudia Lai of Hong Kong Polytechnic University was conducted to examine the effectiveness of Music- with-Movement and other interventions.
Overall research suggested that the caregiver-delivered, home-based intervention has positive value, and is practical for families, and it can be promoted for more extensive use in the community.
The project (Phase 1) has received the Merit Award of Knowledge Transfer (Community) by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2017.
It aims to promote the adoption of the music-with-movement Protocol with a sustainable approach in NGOs and families with elders with early dementia by:
This project was able to engage 7 NGOs to promote the adoption of the music-with-movement intervention programme with a sustainable approach to improve psychosocial well-being of people with early dementia or mild cognitive impairment and their family caregivers.