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'What I want to do is get half a dozen of them and go and see Simon Cowell': Reflecting on participation and outcomes for people with dementia taking part in a creative musical project

Citation
McCabe L, Greasley-Adams C & Goodson K (2015) 'What I want to do is get half a dozen of them and go and see Simon Cowell': Reflecting on participation and outcomes for people with dementia taking part in a creative musical project, Dementia, 14 (6), pp. 734-750.

Abstract
This paper presents the findings from an evaluation of a creative musical project led by Scottish Opera. The project included people with dementia and their carers in the development, writing, design and performance of a musical production about their experiences of love. The project involved professional singers, artists and choreographers from the opera company. Activities involved practice sessions and performances. People with dementia and their carers reflected on positive outcomes from the project including improved confidence; being part of a group; improved physical strength and people seeing them in a new way. Within the evaluation framework they also reported on how the project had been run and gave ideas for future development. Key elements in the success of this project were the involvement of professionals, the kudos of working with a national organisation and the performances that, while daunting, provided unique and rewarding experiences.

Keywords
dementia; singing; opera; outcomes

StatusPublished
AuthorsMcCabe Louise, Greasley-Adams Corinne, Goodson Katy
Publication date11/2015
Publication date online02/12/2013
PublisherSAGE
ISSN 1471-3012
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Dementia: Volume 14, Issue 6

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