Developing a digital music program for older adults with changing cognition: A program development report


  • Jennifer L Dorris University of Pittsburgh
  • Heather DiCicco BriTE Wellness Inc
  • James T Becker University of Pittsburgh
  • Juleen Rodakowski


Background/Objective: To describe the adaptation of an in-person music program for older adults with memory loss to a digital format.

Participants: Members of a community wellness program and its music instructor.

Methods: Program development utilizing the Developing Complex Interventions Framework.

Results: The initial digital music program was acceptable to the instructor and could be issued with fidelity.

Author Biographies

Jennifer L Dorris, University of Pittsburgh

Jennie Dorris, MM, is a PhD student in Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh.

Heather DiCicco, BriTE Wellness Inc

Heather DiCicco, MT-BC, is a music therapist and educator.

James T Becker, University of Pittsburgh

James T. Becker, PhD, is a professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Juleen Rodakowski

Juleen Rodakowski is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh.


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