In long-term care (LTC), almost half of residents have a diagnosis of dementia, and this number will likely increase. What can we do to make their lives meaningful? Incorporating arts-based interventions LTC programming is key in several respects, not the least of which is overall well-being.
With this as the starting point, an intergenerational dance program that brought together elementary students and care-home residents was implemented in a residential care facility. The goal of the project was to investigate the impact of meaningful activities on the cognitive or physiological health of the residents. It ended up as much more than that.