Connecting through music: a study of a spousal caregiver-directed music intervention designed to prolong fulfilling relationships in couples where one person has dementia

Baker, Felicity A., Grocke, Denise and Pachana, Nancy A. (2012) Connecting through music: a study of a spousal caregiver-directed music intervention designed to prolong fulfilling relationships in couples where one person has dementia. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 23 4-19.

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Author Baker, Felicity A.
Grocke, Denise
Pachana, Nancy A.
Title Connecting through music: a study of a spousal caregiver-directed music intervention designed to prolong fulfilling relationships in couples where one person has dementia
Journal name Australian Journal of Music Therapy
ISSN 1036-9457
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 23
Start page 4
End page 19
Total pages 16
Place of publication Malvern, VIC, Australia
Publisher Australian Music Therapy Association
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Maintaining meaning/it! relationships in ageing couples where one spouse has dementia may lead to improved wellbeing in the caregiving spouses and increase the probability that caregivers will be able to maintain the care of their partners. Our study piloted a home-based music intervention designed to stimulate meaning/it! interaction between the spouses and discover its value in affecting the quality of the spousal relationship, satisfaction with caregiving, and caregiver wellbeing. Five couples consented to participate in the study and were provided with an education and demonstration session designed to train the caregiving spouse to use music with their spouse. They were asked to selfdirect a program involving three sessions per week for six consecutive weeks. Measures of anxiety, depression, spousal relationship, and measures of caregiving experiences were administered pre-post program. Spousal caregivers completed a diary during the six weeks and participated in a postprogram interview. A thematic analysis of the data indicated that music-sharing experiences were beneficial to the spousal relationship, satisfaction with caregiving, and caregiver wellbeing, and enhanced the mood of both the caregiver and spouse with dementia. The sample size was too small to generate significant quantitative results and is used in this paper to support the qualitative data.
Keyword Caregiver
Dementia
Home-based intervention
Spousal relationship
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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