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Dementia therapy through music

Three studies examine the benefits of music-based therapies for people with dementia
Picture shows two people playing drums and cymbals while others look on. The Haynes Centre is a specialist dementia day care centre for Haringey residents with moderate to severe dementia.

Dementia is associated with a decline in cognitive, behavioural, social and emotional functions. Drug treatments have so far been largely ineffective in reducing symptoms and there is an increasing interest in non-pharmacological approaches, including music-based therapies

Learning points

  • Music-based therapies may be used to alleviate symptoms of depression in people with dementia who live in care settings
  • Participating in therapeutic singing groups may increase quality of life for community-dwelling people with dementia and promote more engagement and better relationships with their family carers
  • Healthcare professionals should consider non-pharmacological approaches such as creative arts to improve the well-being of people with dementia and support for family caregivers
Music-based therapeutic interventions for people with dementia

Music-based interventions could alleviate depression and improve the well-being of people with dementia

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