The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Phase 1, 2 & 3)
Innovation and Technology Fund for Better Living, Information and Technology Bureau (Phase 3)
May 2014 – August 2016 (Phase 1)
Jan 2018 – Mar 2021 (Phase 2)
Nov 2020 – Oct 2023 (Phase 3)
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)
Elders with early dementia, their family members, staff of partner NGOs and nursing students (Phase 3)
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)
30 elderly service units located in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories (Phase 3)
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.
Drawing the evidence of Music and Movement Intervention in Phase 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.
By adopting multi-sensory stimulation and augmented reality technology, elders are motivated to participate in the music intervention. An intelligent cloud-based platform is set up with sensors to track the health conditions and measure the engagement levels of the elders. The health and engagement data are collected to refine the intervention programme for personalised needs.