The authors of this study investigated the effects of music therapy on the Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD), cognitive function and activities of daily living in patients with dementia. Indications are that music therapy is effective for reducing anxiety and managing BPSD.
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Ueda, T. Suzukamo, Y. Sato, M. [et al]. Effects of music therapy on behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Ageing Research Reviews. March 16th 2013; 12(2): 628-641. [Epub ahead of print]. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
Note: Readers might also be interested in a more recent article:
Vasionytė, I. Madison, G. Musical intervention for patients with dementia: a meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Nursing. May 2013; 22(9-10): 1203-16. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
[A brief reference to the above item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].
Dementia and Music
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Smurthwaite, N. (2013). Dementia and music. London: Age UK, 2013. (Online).
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].
Insights from a nursing student on the benefits of a musical memories group for patients and their families:
Seikiera, L. (2015). Starting out – I learned that music is a great way to converse with dementia patients. Nursing Standard. June 17th 2015; Vol.29 (42), pp.29.