Personalized music for the well-being of elderly people living with neurocognitive disorders

The Research Samples series tells the story of members of the Université Laval student research community. They share a glimpse into their graduate projects.

Élodie Marois, a doctoral student in the School of Psychology, is interested in the psychosocial and cognitive effects of music for people living at the Maison des aînés et alternative de Sainte-Foy.

Élodie Marois grew up with music. "My mother and sister play the piano, and I myself have sung in musicals and choirs," says the doctoral student. She considers herself fortunate to be working on a motivating project that combines her interest in music and neuropsychology with an elderly clientele.

The student has the opportunity to work directly with residents of Sainte-Foy's Maison des aînés et alternative (MDAA) through the Laboratoire vivant Camelia, under the direction of Carol Hudon, a professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences. "We get closer to our participants and get to know them better. We're able to find out more about what's really going on in the field," says Élodie. Since she works directly at the MDAA, she can also collaborate with caregivers, specialized educators and volunteers. "It allows me to gather different points of view. It's very enriching," adds Élodie, co-directed by Valerie Peters, a professor at the Faculty of Music.

To conduct her project, Élodie recruited a dozen elderly people from different homes. The first step was to meet the residents and their families. "By doing interviews, I get to know the resident's life story and musical preferences. These are wonderful encounters. Loved ones are often touched and happy that the resident has access to an initiative like this."

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