Assessing Engagement of Sensory and Social Experiences
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A 6-week study of the effects of multi-sensory experiences on participants of an inter-generational program who have Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease (D/AD). The purpose was to determine which experiences were most engaging for these participants. Observation data was recorded at each session using checklists and journaling. Every week, participants engaged in sensory experiences including music, tactile activities, interactions with young children and therapy animals, and family-style meals. Preliminary conclusions point to music therapy as the most positive and engaging sensory and social experience for participants. This study will inform ongoing improvements to Generations Together (GT). LOCATION: Cobleskill Campus Child Care Center (CCCCC) PARTICIPANTS: Individuals with Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers, SUNY Cobleskill students and faculty, community volunteers, Child Care Center staff and preschoolers.