“Just Join Them”: Improv and Dementia Care

Candace L. Kemp, Jennifer Craft Morgan, Alexis A. Bender, Andrea M. Hill, Emerald Anglin, Elisabeth O. Burgess, Fayron Epps, Molly M. Perkins

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Improvisational (improv) theatre skill development holds promise for improving the dementia capability of care partners. In this report, we present analysis of data from an ongoing study on meaningful engagement and quality of life among assisted living (AL) residents with dementia. Using ethnographic methods, we collected data from persons with dementia (n = 59) and their care partners (n = 165) in six diverse AL communities each studied for one year. Building cumulatively on past work and existing literature, we demonstrate the potential benefits of training care partners to use improv skills. We discuss implications, including the need for intervention research.

Idioma originalEnglish (US)
Páginas (desde-hasta)302-309
Número de páginas8
PublicaciónJournal of Applied Gerontology
EstadoPublished - mar 2024
Publicado de forma externa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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