Effects of Using Music Therapy for Patients Suffering From Dementia

The purpose of this study was to discuss the mental and physical effects of using music therapy with patients suffering with dementia. Like any type of therapy, there are guidelines for measuring the effects. Music therapy can be used as a substitute for pharmaceuticals with dementia patients. The earlier the diagnosis and the earlier treatment commences for dementia patients, the more likely the treatment will work. Music therapy can reach the part of the brain where we hold memories, which is why it is used as a treatment option for dementia patients. Alzheimer disease and dementia are among the most expensive diseases to treat. However, if the onset of dementia can be delayed, money can be saved. Medicare does not require that music therapy be offered in assisted living, nursing homes, or hospices. Areas of cost savings were identified as use of medication, length of nursing visits, and number and length of home health-aid visits, which can all be measured in total cost savings. For health care managers, it is imperative that new therapies such as music therapy be applied in health care facilities that treat dementia patients.
Source: The Health Care Manager - Category: Health Management Tags: Article Source Type: research

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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
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...
Source: Minding Our Elders - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Source Type: blogs
Publication date: Available online 29 April 2017Source: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation MedicineAuthor(s): Teppo SärkämöAbstractMusic has the capacity to engage auditory, cognitive, motor, and emotional functions across cortical and subcortical brain regions and is relatively preserved in aging and dementia. Thus, music is a promising tool in the rehabilitation of aging-related neurological illnesses, such as stroke and Alzheimer disease. As the population ages and the incidence and prevalence of these illnesses rapidly increases, music-based interventions that are enjoyable and effective in the everyd...
Source: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine - Category: Rehabilitation Source Type: research
MONDAY, April 30, 2018 -- Music therapy might help ease the anxiety and agitation that plagues many Alzheimer's patients, researchers suggest. " People with dementia are confronted by a world that is unfamiliar to them, which causes disorientation...
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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 full article on HealthCentral about how music t...
Source: Minding Our Elders - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Source Type: blogs
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Source: Holistic Nursing Practice - Category: Nursing Tags: Features Source Type: research
Language UndefinedPurpose: To learn about the possible benefits of movement and music therapy in older adults with dementia.
Source: Alzheimers Clinical Trials - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Source Type: clinical trials
Conclusions Although there are reports of the efficacy of music therapy on the decline of neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia, the area still needs randomized studies aimed at the solution of important methodological problems like the lack of standardized approaches.RESUMO Objetivo Muitas interven ções psicossociais na demência estão baseadas em atividades musicais e intervenções de musicoterapia. Nosso objetivo consiste em avaliar a eficácia das intervenções de musicoterapia nos sintomas neuropsiquiátricos de pessoas com demência. Métodos ...
Source: Jornal Brasileiro de Psiquiatria - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Conclusions Although there are reports of the efficacy of music therapy on the decline of neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia, the area still needs randomized studies aimed at the solution of important methodological problems like the lack of standardized approaches.RESUMO Objetivo Muitas interven ções psicossociais na demência estão baseadas em atividades musicais e intervenções de musicoterapia. Nosso objetivo consiste em avaliar a eficácia das intervenções de musicoterapia nos sintomas neuropsiquiátricos de pessoas com demência. Métodos ...
Source: Jornal Brasileiro de Psiquiatria - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 29 April 2017 Source:Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Author(s): Teppo Särkämö Music has the capacity to engage auditory, cognitive, motor, and emotional functions across cortical and subcortical brain regions and is relatively preserved in aging and dementia. Thus, music is a promising tool in the rehabilitation of aging-related neurological illnesses, such as stroke and Alzheimer disease. As the population ages and the incidence and prevalence of these illnesses rapidly increases, music-based interventions that are enjoyable and effective in the everyday ca...
Source: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine - Category: Rehabilitation Source Type: research
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