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Challenging assumptions about aging, dementia and how music helps

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Laurel Young


This event is free







engAGE, Concordia's Centre for Research on Aging, warmly invites you to a talk by Laurel Young (Concordia University). 


In recent years, arts in health initiatives have gained notable momentum. People are becoming increasingly open to the idea that music and other creative mediums may be used to promote health and well-being among a variety of populations, including the elderly and persons affected by dementia.

However, the concept of “social prescribing” inherently implies a medicalization of the arts that one could argue is at least in some ways antithetical to a more holistic, resource-oriented approach to health and well-being. This unfolding philosophical inquiry integrates multiple forms of scholarly evidence and "real-world" knowledge and experience to challenge assumptions, broaden ideas and initiate new conversations about how music can help, specifically within reconceptualized (i.e., destigmatized and inclusive) notions of aging, dementia care and music therapy.

About the speaker

Laurel Young has over 25 years of diverse experience in music therapy practice, education, research and advocacy. She is the coordinator of the music therapy graduate program and associate professor at Concordia University. She also serves as the associate director of engAGE, Concordia’s Centre for Research on Aging.

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