UWCSEA honoured as Outstanding Synergistic Partner by Apex Harmony Lodge
We're thrilled to share that UWCSEA is being honoured as an 'Outstanding Synergistic Partner' by Apex Harmony Lodge, the first purpose-built home for people with dementia in Singapore, as they celebrate 20 years of service.
Since 2011, UWCSEA has supported Apex Harmony Lodge in their journey to building inclusive and empowering spaces for persons with dementia. Some of the collaborations that have emerged from this partnership include East Campus students working with a trained music therapist to understand the science behind music therapy, and to provide residents with positive experiences to stimulate their memories through music.
Apex Harmony Lodge is helming a compassionate, one-of-a-kind dementia care model for their residents, day-care elders and those living with dementia in the community, and UWCSEA is proud to have been part of their growth.
The ceremony, which will be held on 21 September, will be graced by President of the Republic of Singapore Madam Halimah Yacob as the Guest-of-Honour.
Accepting the award on behalf of UWCSEA will be Eivind Lodemel (Teacher Of Music and Assistant Houseparent), who has been leading the music therapy facilitation project, and present with him will be Rick Hannah (Chair of Service and Sustainable Development).
Our heartfelt gratitude and a huge congratulations to Apex Harmony Lodge for this wonderful celebration. We look forward to many more years of collaboration ahead!
"A recent study of the impact of music therapy at the Lodge showed positive results of the service. Through the ‘Music with Reminiscence’ programme students were trained in the Observed Emotions Rating Scale (OERS) and Personal Enhancers (PEs) and between 2016 and 2018, 33 students applied these skills in their work with 61 residents. The results indicated statistically significant increases in scores of positive emotions for residents. There was also a significant increase in student understanding of people living with dementia and the positive impact of music and personal interactions on elderly people."