Music & Memory Accessibility Guide for Personalized Engagement
Many older adults face a variety of physical and cognitive challenges, including low vision, hearing impairment, limited physical mobility, movement disorders and memory loss. Technology can help people with age-related challenges stay meaningfully engaged with the people and activities that are central to their identities. Even if a person is unable to independently use a device, they can still benefit from personalized activities and interactions.
The following six-week training course is designed to help care organizations explore opportunities to use everyday technology to improve quality of life for care recipients. The course will address five of the most common challenges, and the feedback from the participating organizations will be used to create an Accessibility Guide with best practices.
Activities for Meaningful Engagement
Throughout the course, there are various activity recommendations for people with age-related challenges. They are organized into nine categories:
Save personalized music playlists, watch music related videos and performances, play instruments and sing.
Use tablets to assist with relaxing activities, including listening to sounds of nature, meditations or prayers.
Tablets offer a variety options for viewing art or creating digital drawings, paintings, photographs and videos.
Use tablets to watch videos or engage in apps that encourage physical activity.
Facilitate social activities, including storytelling and reminiscing.
Use tablets to send messages, share photos or join video phone calls with remote family and friends.
Choose from an endless variety of shows, movies, theater, talk radio, podcasts and more.
Access news, books, audiobooks and online courses.
There are numerous options for cognitively stimulating games and puzzles.
Each week, we will address a specific challenge and provide actionable ideas for your care team. In between virtual training sessions, your care organization will engage residents with suggested activities and provide us with feedback. That feedback will be used to develop an Accessibility Guide for Engagement.
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