A multidisciplinary team at UTA is studying the impact of telephone-based reminiscence by engaging social work students and Meals on Wheels clients in a digital storytelling study.
The project pairs UTA students with homebound older adults experiencing early-stage dementia
Funded by the RRF Foundation for Aging, the project pairs UTA students with homebound older adults experiencing early-stage dementia or memory impairment to engage in a semi-structured dialogue about their childhoods. The students then create a digital storytelling product to document these memories in various ways, such as audiovisual clips combining text, music, photographs, and voiceover narration.
Noelle Fields and Ling Xu, both social work associate professors, are principal investigators on the project, which involves a community partnership with Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County.
They hope the use of reminiscence combined with an intergeneration approach and digital storytelling will help promote improved social and emotional well-being in older adults. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.