Harmony and Healing: A Community-Based Research Project

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Deborah Clymer


I was first introduced to Ruth at the start of the semester. She was sleeping in her recliner in the hallway of the Grove Manor Nursing Home. Activities Director Sandy McConnell asked if she would like to meet me. She gave me a vexed look and said, “No I wouldn’t. Go away.” I nervously backed away from the chair. Sandy whispered, “Ruth is perfect for the project. I think the music could really help her.” Sandy informed me that Ruth had severe dementia and it affected her personality in such a way that caused her to be physically and verbally aggressive towards others. I was nervous to continue meeting with Ruth. However, I agreed with Sandy. If playing music could help her then we had to try it.

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Clymer, D. (2016). Harmony and Healing: A Community-Based Research Project. Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning & Community-Based Research, 5, 1–8. https://doi.org/10.56421/ujslcbr.v5i0.245
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