SOUND – Training social and health care professionals in music-based therapeutic interventions to support older people with Dementia


ERASMUS+ Project Number 2021-1-IT-02-KA220-ADU-000033494

About the project

The SOUND project (Training social and health care professionals in music-based therapeutic interventions to support older people with Dementia) was launched in February 2022 under the coordination of IRCCS/INRCA (Italy). It will have a duration of 28 months.

Partners of the project are:

– Asociatia Habilitas (Romania)

– Scoala de Pian (Romania)

– Eurocarers (Belgium)

– Associação – Sons do Estaminé (Portugal)

– ACMO (Italy)

– Anziani e Non Solo Societa Cooperativa (Italy)

Aims of the project

– SOUND aims to develop a curriculum of passive and active music-making activities training for social and health care professionals and informal carers active in the area of dementia.

– It also seeks to produce an original music-based non-pharmacological intervention to improve the behaviour, mood, and quality of life of older people with dementia and delay further cognitive functions decline.

– SOUND also targets informal carers, who need to keep on training and acquiring new competences in order to better manage their loved ones in everyday life, as well as the wider community.

MAIN PROJECT RESULTS

– A training curriculum aimed at health professionals and informal carers (mostly family members) on the use of musical activities adapted to the needs of the target audience;

– An intervention protocol for seniors with dementia and informal carers based on Circle Activities to be co-designed with seniors;

– A digital platform for cooperative learning, to be used by healthcare professionals, the elderly and informal carers;

– An European awareness campaign based on the musical performances carried out during the intervention with the elderly and younger students of the music schools involved in the project, with the aim of contributing to more dementia-friendly communities.

OTHER PROJECT OUTCOMES

– A set of “Guidelines and recommendations” capable to implement validation and recognition of non-formal competences acquired by care professionals through the SOUND training.

An original and comprehensive passive and active music-based non-pharmacological therapy addressed to older people with dementia and tailored on their care needs.

– A “Handbook for the replication, transferability and exploitation of the SOUND methodology”, addressed to social and health care professionals.

– Guidelines and a toolkit for the assessment of the outcomes of the SOUND intervention with OPD and on the care environment (i.e. including care professionals and informal carers).

– A toolkit of texts, videos and live performances involving OPD, professionals, and musicians of all ages (in an intergenerational approach) in a joint awareness campaign for building dementia-friendly communities to be used both at local and European level.

SOUND project website: https://soundeuproject.eu/

Contact: asoc.habilitas@yahoo.com