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Nature-based video and classical music’s effects on tranquility among memory care residents with dementia

Jun Kim, PhD, Robert Rados, PhD, Namyun Kil, PhD, CTRS, Shintaro Kono, PhD, Kari Kensinger, PhD, CTRS


This case study reports the effects of viewing nature photographs with classical music on participants’ tranquility levels among 10 memory care residents living with dementia. This study utilized a pre-/post-design with residents’ rating their tranquility level and a certified Nurse Aid observer rating each resident’s perceived tranquility level both before and after the video intervention using a Tranquility Scale. Statistical analyses suggested that residents’ tranquility levels from both residents’ and staff’s perspectives showed significant improvement after the intervention compared to their baseline. These findings are discussed in relation to the literature on nature-based and music therapies. We also offer practical implications for recreational therapists and memory care workers.


dementia, nature, music, indoor ecotherapy, tranquility, recreational therapy, healthcare management, long-term care

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