• Memory recall which contributes to reminiscence and satisfaction with life

  • Awareness of self and environment which accompanies increased attention to music

  • Anxiety and stress reduction for older adults and their caregiver

  • Non-pharmacological management of pain and discomfort

  • Stimulation which provokes interest even when no other approach is effective

  • Structure which promotes rhythmic and continuous movement or vocal fluency as an adjunct to physical rehabilitation

  • Positive and meaningful social interaction with caregivers and family members 


Palliative Care 

Research has shown that music therapy can help reduce pain, reduce anxiety, increase socialization and increase overall quality of life for patients who are facing a life-limiting illness.


Alzheimer's Disease 

Music therapy reduces depression among older adults.  Music experiences can be structured  to enhance social/emotional skills, to assist in recall and language skills, and to decrease problem behaviors.  Research has explored the benefits of music therapy for individuals with Alzheimer's Disease.  Following are the results of said research: 

Music tasks can be used to assess cognitive ability in people with Alzheimer's Disease

Music is effective in decreasing the frequency of agitated and aggressive behaviors in individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias

Individuals in the late stages of Dementia respond to and interact with music


Information from Therapeutic Uses of Music with Older Adults Alicia Ann Clair 

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Music Therapy and Older Adults


Music is used with older adults to increase or maintain their level of physical, mental, and social/emotional functioning. 


The sensory and intellectual stimulation of music can help maintain a person's quality of life. 


Music Therapy can provide opportunities for:

  • Positive changes in mood and emotional states

  • Sense of control over life through successful experiences

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