The Effects of a Performing Arts Intervention on People with Dementia and their Caregivers


To improve the whole-person health of primary caregivers of people with dementia through a multi-modal arts intervention.

Key Study Personnel:

Pamela J. Jennelle, MS – Principal Investigator
Patricia S. Robinson, PhD, ARNP – Co-Investigator
Kim McManus, PhD– Co-Investigator

Number of Participants:

105 dyads (210 total)

Study Population

Community-dwelling people with dementia and their unpaid primary caregivers.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Person with dementia and primary, unpaid caregiver of person with dementia.
  2. Caregiver/care recipient live independently in the community.
  3. Care recipient has a FAST Score of 4-6b.
  4. Care recipient is 65 years old or older.
  5. Caregiver is 18 years of age or older.
  6. Caregiver/care recipient can travel to program.
  7. Agree to participate in all aspects of study intervention and assessments.
  8. Access to home phone or mobile phone.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Caregiver is a paid employee of care recipient’s legally appointed representative.
  2. Either care partner is unable to understand spoken and/or written English.
  3. Care recipient has early onset dementia (<65 years old).


The intervention will consist of weekly instructor-led sessions consisting of physical, vocal, and theatrically-based exercises. The intervention will be facilitated by trained staff members at the Dr. Phillips Center for the performing arts


  • Zarit Burden Interview
  • QOL-AD (Quality of Life -Alzheimer's Disease)
  • Brief Resiliency Study

Current Status:


Targeted Completion Date:

Fall 2019

Additional Information:

Questions about Study:
Pamela Jennelle