Philadelphia, PA – The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association National Convention was held November 17th-19th in Philadelphia, PA. Student research assistants from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Allison Glascock, Kennedy McAlpin, Meredith Tade, Megan French and Shelby Schaefer presented their research study “A Novel Game for Improving Engagement in Older Adults with Dementia.” The purpose of the study was to address the engagement levels of older adults with dementia during and following participation in the functional activity, Bingocize®. Faculty mentors included Dr. Jason Crandall, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, and Dr. Jean Neils-Strunjas, Department Head for Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Student researchers observed a total of five residents with dementia severity ranging from moderate to severe for 11 weeks using the Menorah Park Engagement Scale. Levels of severity were derived using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA). Bingocize® is a combination of bingo, functional movement, and social engagement and was facilitated by five Exercise Science students each Wednesday at a local memory care facility. Preliminary results suggest that Bingocize® increases engagement, which is maintained for at least 20 minutes following the activity.
Learn more about WKU Communication Sciences and Disorders program by visiting their website: http://www.wku.edu/communicationdisorders/ and the WKU Exercise Science program by visiting their website: https://www.wku.edu/exs/
*Pictured left to right: Kennedy McAlpin, Allison Glascock, and Meredith Tade presenting at national speech-language pathology and audiology convention.
Contact: Leigh Anne Roden-Carrier
Communication Sciences and Disorders