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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- 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.