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Designing Supportive Soundscapes for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia

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Department of Information Technology, Ghent University, 9052 Ghent, Belgium
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Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, University College London, London WC1H0NN, UK
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Department of Internal Medicine and Paediatrics, Ghent University, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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Department of Occupational Therapy, Artevelde University College, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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Department of Occupational Therapy, Ghent University, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(24), 4904; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16244904
Received: 31 October 2019 / Revised: 22 November 2019 / Accepted: 28 November 2019 / Published: 4 December 2019
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: supportive soundscape; sonic environment; nursing homes; ageing; dementia supportive soundscape; sonic environment; nursing homes; ageing; dementia
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Devos, P.; Aletta, F.; Thomas, P.; Petrovic, M.; Vander Mynsbrugge, T.; Van de Velde, D.; De Vriendt, P.; Botteldooren, D. Designing Supportive Soundscapes for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4904.

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