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Designing Supportive Soundscapes for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia

Devos, P; Aletta, F; Thomas, P; Petrovic, M; Vander Mynsbrugge, T; Van de Velde, D; De Vriendt, P; (2019) Designing Supportive Soundscapes for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , 16 (24) , Article 4904. 10.3390/ijerph16244904. Green open access

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Abstract

Sound and its resulting soundscape is a major appraisal component of the living environment. Where environmental sounds (e.g., outdoor traffic sounds) are often perceived as negative, a soundscape (e.g., containing natural sounds) can also have a positive effect on health and well-being. This supportive effect of a soundscape is getting increasing attention for use in practice. This paper addresses the design of a supportive sonic environment for persons with dementia in nursing homes. Starting from a review of key mechanisms related to sonic perception, cognitive deficits and related behavior, a framework is derived for the composition of a sonic environment for persons with dementia. The proposed framework is centered around using acoustic stimuli for influencing mood, stimulating the feeling of safety and triggering a response in a person. These stimuli are intended to be deployed as added sounds in a nursing home to improve the well-being and behavior of the residents.

Type: Article
Title: Designing Supportive Soundscapes for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16244904
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16244904
Language: English
Additional information: This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: supportive soundscape; sonic environment; nursing homes; ageing; dementia
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10087345
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