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Music as an instrument of health applied in people with Alzheimer's Disease

Grant number: 17/09403-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2017
Effective date (End): June 30, 2018
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Music
Principal Investigator:Suzel Ana Reily
Grantee:Carolina Patreze
Host Institution: Instituto de Artes (IA). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:16/05318-7 - Local musicking: new pathways for ethnomusicology, AP.TEM


This research project will investigate the role of music in the well-being, interactions and treatment processes of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease. It will begin with a bibliographic investigation to see how medical ethnomusicology has studied music among the elderly and with people with Alzheimer's in diverse cultures, to then identify people in the Campinas (SP) region who engage regularly with Alzheimer's patients, such as family members, carers, and medical personnel, and who would be willing to discuss their experiences involving music in their interactions with people affected by the illness. In this way the project aims to see if the interviewees have noted any impact music has on the patients, what the nature of the impact is, and how they interpret it. The information obtained in the interviews will be analysed in relation to the transcultural studies in order to identify any shared practices of local musicking that permit forms of community interaction between patients and the people around them that bring some feelings of well-being. (AU)

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