Musical Memories: Translating Evidence-Based Gerontological Nursing into a Children's Picture Book.
NLM Title Abbreviation
J Gerentol Nurs
Journal of gerontological nursing
DOI of Published Version
Individuals with Alzheimer's disease (AD) are often cared for within multigenerational families. More specifically, 26% of family caregivers have children younger than 18 living with them. This article describes an innovative model for translation of an evidence-based intervention into an engaging, realistic picture book that serves as a teaching tool for children and their families. The book, Musical Memories, focuses on the relationship between a granddaughter and her grandmother who has AD. The story applies basic principles of the Progressively Lowered Stress Threshold model to explain the underlying cause of grandmother's behaviors and models the evidence-based guideline "Individualized Music for Elders with Dementia" to empower the granddaughter in maintaining a relationship with her grandmother. Musical Memories is intended to serve as a valuable resource for families and the gerontological nurses who serve them.
Aged, Books, Child, Evidence-Based Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Humans, Intergenerational Relations, Memory, Music