Honors Projects


Tarynn CluneFollow


A wide variety of leisure activities used in reminiscence care have been studied for their merits in terms of preventing cognitive decline, and increasing quality of life; however, little is known about what different types have to offer in terms of communicative opportunities. Communication with peers is imperative for quality of life, and is crucial for maintenance of relationships between the person with dementia (PWD) and their loved ones. As a result of this importance, an exploration of communication elicited by different activities facilitated in a unit was conducted. The communication explored in this study was solely vocal, and included interactions among participants, facilitators, and visitors. Although limitations to the study suggest that more investigation is required, some speculations about the impact of activity types, facilitators, and individual participants on group interaction can be made. In addition, suggestions for improving activity facilitation are suggested based on notable characteristics of activity types and facilitation strategies.


Communication Sciences and Disorders


Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Lynne Hewitt

First Advisor Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Second Advisor

Hee Soon Lee

Second Advisor Department

Social Work

Third Advisor

Brent Archer

Third Advisor Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Publication Date

Winter 2-28-2017