New podcast explores how dementia patients experience music

(Taylor&Francis Group) The first episode of new podcast series, How Researchers Changed the World, delves deeper into the importance of music therapy for people with dementia, telling the story behind Dr. Orii McDermott's ground-breaking research on this subject.
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Publication date: Available online 27 June 2020Source: The Arts in PsychotherapyAuthor(s): Masako Otera, Seiji Saito, Hideo Kano, Masayoshi Ichie
Source: Arts in Psychotherapy - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: Behavioural and Psychiatric Symptoms in dementia (BPSD) tend to be a crucial and big problem in dementia. Anxiety several times remains under-diagnosed because it is often considered to be a psychological response to cognitive decline. As only the 10% of patients were correctly treated, the pharmacological treatment should be well- considered. The aim of this study was to evaluate three non-pharmacological interventions for the treatment of anxiety in dementia. METHODS: A cross-over randomised controlled trial with 60 participants (different types and stages of dementia) conducted in Gree...
Source: Behavioural Brain Research - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Behav Brain Res Source Type: research
Conclusion: The community-based, multicomponent dementia social care program described in this case report has enabled a socially isolated patient with Alzheimer's disease to reduce her social isolation with an associated improvement in her mood and prevention of cognitive decline. Educating the community was an essential part of re-integrating the patient into the social setting. Reducing social isolation and increasing community engagement were essential to maintaining the patient's independence in her own home.
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Case Report Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: This project could have a meaningful impact on National Health Systems by providing clues on multidisciplinary management of older adults affected by cognitive decline to prevent dementia. PMID: 32124422 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Aging Clin Exp Res Source Type: research
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Source: Home Healthcare Nurse - Category: Nursing Tags: FOCUS ON GERIATRICS Source Type: research
Depression is a common comorbidity in dementia. Randomised controlled studies of antidepressants do not show a significant improvement in depressive symptoms in patients with comorbid dementia and are known to lead to an increase in side effects. However, there are relatively few studies of depression in dementia, and drawing firm conclusions about the use of antidepressants is limited by the amount of data available. Furthermore, it is unclear whether data can be extrapolated from similar populations (eg, those with late-life depression) to inform pharmacotherapy in this patient group. Given the lack of effectiveness and ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
A new study from University College London finds the human brain responds to a familiar song at super speed. Researchers say their finding could be used to help calm patients with dementia.
Source: NPR Health and Science - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Source Type: news
AbstractBackgroundA large proportion of our older adults live with Alzheimer ’s disease and related dementias, and the number of those diagnosed in the future is expected to increase dramatically as the population ages. Persons with dementia bring unique healthcare challenges due to the manifestation of behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with the disease. The lack of geriatric clinicians as well as a properly trained non-geriatric specialist workforce capable of addressing the symptoms persons with dementia exacerbates the challenge of providing effective care. Pharmacological interventions are contrain...
Source: Current Geriatrics Reports - Category: Geriatrics Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The diversity and heterogeneity of the interventions made both classification difficult and consistent judgments of the quality of the evidence difficult. From the perspective of promoting the psychosocial health of nursing home residents, the identified interventions should only be considered as suggestions or proposals for prevention and health promotion measures, and future studies should evaluate their implementation. PMID: 31727536 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Zeitschrift fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen - Category: Health Management Tags: Z Evid Fortbild Qual Gesundhwes Source Type: research
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. This type of therapy seems especially helpful with those who are dying from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Perhaps this is because, in the final stage of dementia, people have usually moved beyond the point where conversation is possible. Read the full article on HealthCentral to learn more abo...
Source: Minding Our Elders - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Source Type: blogs
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