From Florida Hospital News

The study, a first-of-its-kind in Central Florida, aims to determine if and how the performing arts can improve health and quality of life. 

Florida Hospital and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts are recruiting participants for a groundbreaking study that aims to determine if and how the performing arts can help memory loss-care recipients and their caregivers.

The study is designed to build caregiver resilience and reduce stress levels through a fun and interactive class that will meet once a week for eight weeks, beginning in January.

The curriculum was created exclusively for the study and provides opportunities for participants to explore their emotions, use their imagination and explore conflict in a safe environment.

Both the care recipient and the caregiver must be available to participate in the classes and no performing arts experience is required.

Central Floridians who meet the following qualifications have an opportunity to be a part of this groundbreaking study:

  • Caregiver must be the unpaid and primary caregiver, and 18 years of age or older
  • Care recipient must be 65 years of age or older
  • Care recipient and the caregiver must live in the community (not in a nursing or rehabilitation facility)

For caregivers, who have unique burdens and often don’t know where to turn for support, the study will determine if and how much the experience improved their resilience, decreased negative emotions — like guilt and anxiety — and reduced overall stress levels. For patients, the study will identify alternative treatment options.

Interested participants can learn more about the study here or call Pam Jennelle at 407-303-7365.

The study is just one component of the Florida Hospital (which will soon be AdventHealth) and Dr. Phillips Center partnership, which is designed to create a leading center of excellence for performing arts and wellness education.

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