The research says...
Research shows that people with low to severe stages of Alzheimer’s disease can benefit from musical stimulation (Lancioni et al., 2013)
Music could be used to help with completing activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, eating---study shows that calming music with meals reduced agitation significantly) (Lancioni et al., 2013; Gallagher)
Music can help improve language (people living with dementia are able to sing along) (Hanser, Butterfield-Whitcomb, Kawata, & Collins, 2011)
When it comes to treating symptoms, many people will turn to medication. However, there is a movement towards a non-pharmacological, or alternative approach when it comes to disease management. Music is a tool that can be used to enhance quality of life, without the side effects of medications (Gallagher, 2011).
It is important to recognize that music should not take the place of medications, and if you do notice improvements to consult with a physician (Gallagher, 2011).
Music is a wonderful inexpensive intervention that has been shown to reduce side effects otherwise caused by medications, and is a method to reduce the overuse of antipsychotics and antidepressants (Gallagher, 2011).(Cuddy et al., 2012; Caine, 2013)
You do not have to be trained as a Music Therapist to effectively conduct this method of therapy (Clinger & Obston, 2011)
Music provides the carer with a period of respite (Caine, 2013).
Last Updated: 11/01/15