The Effectiveness of Applied Life Story Musical (ALSM) on the Executive Functions and Resilience of Residents in the Assisted Living Setting
This presentation will summarize a pilot study investigating the effectiveness of the Applied Life Story Musical (ALSM) intervention on the executive functions and resilience of residents in the assisted living settings. ALSM, as defined in this study, is a theatrical performance based of real life stories of the participants via song singing, chanting, instrument playing, dialogue, narrative, acting, and dance or movement. The creative process required by the production of musicals provides for opportunities of executive functions such as decision-making and problem solving. Expressing something new and meaningful to the participants also promotes resilience, the ability to bounce back despite the adversity. The presentation will include the theoretical framework of ALSM intervention, following the description of protocol with clinical examples, and then conclude with the findings of this pilot study.