Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

Joan K. Monin, PhD


Dementia is a syndrome characterized by the deterioration of mental capacities such as memory, language, and reasoning. Persons with dementia and their family caregivers are more likely to experience a lower quality-of-life, than their same-age counterparts without dementia and non-dementia caregivers. While traditional talk-based therapies are capable of independently improving the quality-of-life of persons with dementia and their caregivers, minimal research has been conducted to study the effects of artistic therapies on the quality-of-life of these dyads. In this article, we will investigate the effects of a dyadic drama therapy intervention involving persons with dementia and their family caregivers on mean quality of life scores in comparison to a waitlist control. Using a non-blinded randomized control trial, we will identify 56 dyads and assign them to the dyadic intervention or waitlist control. The outcome of this study may provide clinicians with a holistic, quality-of-life intervention, when developing dementia care plans.