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.
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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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Music and Memory and Residents with Dementia - Music-related activity can increase well-being through social interaction and opportunities to reminisce, and can help reduce anxiety in residents with dementia.
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References:

  1. https://www.alz.org/media/HomeOffice/Facts%20and%20Figures/facts-and-figures.pdf
  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.
  3. http://cbs4indy.com/2018/04/19/butlers-music-first-study-shows-music-reduces-agitation-in-dementia-patients/