Cross-Cultural Music Therapy in Community Aged-Care: A case vignette of a CALD elderly woman.

Cross-Cultural Music Therapy in Community Aged-Care: A case vignette of a CALD elderly woman.

Abstract

This article explores cross-cultural music therapy for older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in regional North Queensland. In conjunction with the Functional Independence Model (FIM), music therapy is implemented to maximise their capacities to live independently and to promote their well-being. One-on-one music therapy programs create a platform for CALD older people to share their own culture, to strengthen self-identity, to optimise capabilities and to develop self-esteem. A case vignette discusses the role of a one-on-one program for a 92 year-old Austrian woman to address issues concerning social isolation and loss of capability in her life. Cross-cultural music therapy approaches including creating connections, developing cultural empathy, and maintaining an open-minded attitude, are also examined.

 

Keywords: Aged care, community, music therapy, culturally and linguistically diverse, cross-cultural.


Citation

Chan, G.  (2014). Cross-Cultural Music Therapy in Community Aged-Care: A case vignette of a CALD elderly woman. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 25, 92-102.


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Date published: July 2014