Africa: When the Heart Still Sings - Can Music Unlock Communication With Dementia Patients?
[Daily Maverick] There's no coming back from dementia. But increasingly, music therapy is being used to decrease the isolation experienced by these patients. Emotionally, it's a strong trigger. And neurologically, it taps into parts of the brain that can still be accessed. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
Conclusions: MT may improve physical function, depressive mood, and quality of life in frail elderly individuals.Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord Extra 2019;9:87 –99
For many, music from certain eras can bring back memories of better times. For others, music soothes anxiety or gets them pumped up for a workout. When it comes to people living with dementia, music can help in all of those ways, but it can also help cognition. Hospice organizations are keenly aware of the soothing power of music. Sometimes the music may be used casually, by the facility or the family, knowing that this is a type of music that the person who is in the dying process had always enjoyed. Increasingly, though, employing trained music therapists has been favored. Read the full article on HealthCentral about how...
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Authors: Dimitriou TD, Verykouki E, Papatriantafyllou J, Konsta A, Kazis D, Tsolaki M Abstract Agitation/aggressive behaviour is a common behavioural and psychological symptom in people with dementia (PwD), occurring with a frequency of between 13-50.4% according to recent studies, and the rate increases as the severity of cognitive decline increases. The burden on caregivers is considerable. This trial is a randomized controlled crossover trial conducted in Greece. The following measures were used: the Mini-Mental State Examination, Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination Revised, Geriatric Depression Scale, Functiona...
CONCLUSION: The identified psychosocial interventions are effective at reducing symptoms of depression or anxiety in PWD experiencing these symptoms. This review is limited by the quality of studies, small sample sizes and the heterogeneity of the interventions, therefore high quality studies with larger sample sizes are required to test the efficacy of specific interventions such as CBT. PMID: 30328711 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Conditions: Quality of Life; Social Interaction; Emotions; Mood; Feelings; Alzheimer Disease; Dementia Interventions: Behavioral: Music therapy; Behavioral: Non-Music Verbal Interaction (Placebo) Sponsor: Alaine Hernandez Recruiting
This study suggests benefits in mood and quality of life but not cognition, agitation, or aggression.Medscape Medical News