Music matters to patients with dementia

Music is powerful…music can lift our spirits, inspire exercise, lull a baby to sleep, and now research is showing that music can soothe, calm agitation for the patient with dementia.

One of the most common types of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association 2018 statistics share that 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s today, with a new case occurring every 65 seconds. Agitation is frequently a common occurrence with dementia.1 According to Webster’s dictionary, the definition of agitated is “troubled in mind: disturbed and upset.” Whether you are a health care provider or a loved one of someone with Alzheimer’s, you know firsthand what the devastation of agitation can look like.

In a society quick to medicate for a multitude of reasons, health care providers are discovering non-pharmacological solutions to help combat agitation. Research is now supporting, both clinically and statistically, the robust effects of music intervention on agitation in dementia.2, 3

It seems so simple, yet the powerful effect of music truly resonates!

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  2. Pedersen, S. K. A., Andersen, P. N., Lugo, R. G., Andreassen, M., & Sütterlin, S. (2017). Effects of Music on Agitation in Dementia: A Meta-Analysis. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 742.