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
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.
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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