CERAH student wins first prize in poster competition

CERAH placement student, Stacey Saukko recently attended the 19th International Congress on Palliative Care in Montreal, Quebec, October 9-12, 2012 where she presented a poster entitled "Music Students’ Experiences of Music Interaction with Residents Living in Two Northwestern Ontario Long-Term Care Homes."  Of the 260 student abstract submissions, 31 abstracts were accepted to present at the conference, and Stacey’s poster won first prize in the student poster competition. 

The poster outlines the background, purpose, methodology, results and conclusion of a qualitative study of Lakehead University music students’ experiences of music interaction with residents of Bethammi Nursing Home and Hogarth Riverview Manor.  It is part of her research project and practicum experience for her Masters degree.  Her project is part of a larger five-year project titled “Improving Quality of Life for People Dying in Long-term Care Homes.”

Stacey Saukko, a candidate for the Masters of Social Work program with a specialization in Gerontology, is researching “Music Students’ Experiences and Perceptions of Aging and Dementia Following Musical Interactions/Interventions with Residents in Two Northwestern Ontario Long-term Care Homes.” Stacey’s research focuses on utilizing art and music as a communication tool to promote well-being in long-term care and palliative care settings. She is supervised by Dr. Marg McKee, School of Social Work, Lakehead University.

Congratulations, Stacey!