Faculty of Applied Social Sciences participated with contributions to the 6th Dementia Days

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With a workshop on the use of music therapy and the research study "Homeside", the FHWS came into conversation.

Parallel to the Alzheimer Day, the "Würzburg Dementia Days" have been taking place for six years, in which the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences of the Würzburg-Schweinfurt University of Applied Sciences has also participated with information stands. Initiators and sponsors of these days are the Vogel Foundation and the University Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy Würzburg in cooperation with the City of Würzburg, the Alzheimer Society Würzburg/Unterfranken e.V., HALMA e.V., the municipal company Landkreis Würzburg, the Bürgerspital and the AWO. The objectives of the Würzburg Dementia Days are the provision of information, professional networking and public relations work on the subject of dementia. This year's motto was "Dementia culture - a new concept in dealing with the disease and participation in cultural life in Würzburg".

From the FHWS Professor Dr. Thomas Wosch, Jasmin Eickholt and Tabea Thurn offered a workshop on "Music therapy", in which the basics of music therapy for people with dementia were presented and their application demonstrated using practical examples. The scientists discussed the importance of the use of musical instruments as well as the use of musical elements for better coping with everyday life in dementia care.

Dr. Laura Blauth and Sophia Kippes presented the research study "Homeside" as part of a second contribution by the FHWS: Within the framework of a study, this study examines the effects of music therapy and reading therapy for people with dementia and their caring relatives. The international research study will be conducted simultaneously in five countries (Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Poland). In Germany, the study is supervised and implemented by the FHWS. "Homeside" is supported and funded by the European Union and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

During the dementia days, the presenter Johannes Keppner from Radio Gong asked the clinical study director Dr. Laura Blauth and the supervisor Sophia Kippes questions about the study. The audience was then able to listen to and sing songs as well as learn about instruments and their therapeutic applications.

 

In addition, the FHWS participated at the 6th Würzburg Dementia Days with a stand on the "Market of Possibilities" on the lower market, where interested parties could inform themselves about the Homeside Study of the FHWS, including the conditions of participation and the conduct of the study. Furthermore, regional cooperations could be initiated or deepened for this study.