What research evidence is there that dance movement therapy improves the health and wellbeing of older adults with dementia? A systematic review and descriptive narrative summary

Publication date: Available online 23 March 2018 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Steven Lyons, Vicky Karkou, Brenda Roe, Bonnie Meekums, Michael Richards In England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for supporting people with dementia recommend the therapeutic use of dancing and/or music as a treatment for non-cognitive symptoms, but make no direct reference to dance movement therapy or music therapy. Also, previous Cochrane Reviews in these areas have been criticized for being limited to randomized controlled trials focusing on outcomes. In order to maximize findings and explore the clinical process, this systematic review aimed to examine a broad range of research evidence (including quantitative, qualitative and arts based studies) for the benefits to health and wellbeing for adults aged 65 and older with dementia. Searches were conducted on multiple databases using predefined keywords. Two reviewers screened the texts retrieved using inclusion and exclusion criteria. The selection and process was determined by the PRISMA statement and the quality of included studies was appraised using a grading system. Results from the dance movement therapy literature are presented here in the form of a descriptive narrative summary. Findings show the existing evidence base consists of five mainly qualitative observational studies of varying methodological quality. Theoretically the included studies draw upon a person-centred approach,...
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Publication date: Available online 18 August 2018Source: NeuroImageAuthor(s): Thomas Alderson, Arun L.W. Bokde, J.A. Scott Kelso, Liam Maguire, Damien Coyle, Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging InitiativeAbstractCurrent theory suggests brain regions interact to reconcile the competing demands of integration and segregation by leveraging metastable dynamics. An emerging consensus recognises the importance of metastability in healthy neural dynamics where the transition between network states over time is dependent upon the structural connectivity between brain regions. In Alzheimer's disease (AD) – the most common form o...
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Publication date: Available online 17 August 2018Source: Saudi Journal of Biological SciencesAuthor(s): Young Ock Kim, Hak Jae Kim, Gasem Mohammad Abu-Taweel, Junsang Oh, Gi-Ho SungAbstractCordyceps militaris is a type of fungus consumed by people all over the world and renowned for their nutritional benefits and herbal formulas to promote health and longevity. In the present study investigation was carried out to explore the therapeutic properties and neuroprotective effect of the C. militaris on ischemic brain neuronal injury, impairment of memory and learning in experimental rats induced by a global cerebral ischemia-re...
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(Reuters Health) - Music therapy may improve depression and anxiety in dementia patients, a new analysis suggests.
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