Title: 

C Sharp B Sharp: Evaluating arts enrichment programming for people with dementia and their caregivers

Funding detail: 
NEA Research Grant
Institution: 
Colorado State University
Principal Investigator: 
Laura Malinin
Project summary: 

To support a series of cross-disciplinary, mixed-method studies examining the cognitive, physiological, and social benefits of live performing arts attendance for older adults with cognitive impairment and for their caregivers. The B Sharp Art Works program will provide symphony, dance, or theater season tickets for older adults exhibiting mild to severe cognitive decline and to their caregivers; they will attend performances during a six-month period. The quasi-experimental research project uses a waitlist-control group to isolate the effects of different types of performing arts experience (music, dance, and theater). Primary data will be collected from pre- and post-assessments; direct observations; continuous physiological measures such as heart rate, activity rate, and sleep patterns; surveys; and interviews. Researchers will assess changes in cognition and social behaviors affecting quality of life for older adults with cognitive impairment and for their caregivers.