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Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Music and Communication


Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Music and Communication

U of A College of Medicine
Jake Harwood, PhD
American Geriatrics Society (AGS)
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
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Music and Communication is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 

After reading this issue of Elder Care, you should be able to…

  1. Define the three fundamental mechanisms through which music might influence quality or life and medical care of older adults
  2. Explain whether or not damage to the brain’s speech center affects the ability to sing musical lyrics
  3. Use appropriate music to calm agitation in a patient with dementia
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Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as:

  1. Content is not changed,
  2. No one is charged a fee to use or read the publication,
  3. Authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and
  4. The reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program”. 
Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
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No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
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