The Benefits of Dementia Music Therapy

Dementia music therapy has many benefits, including unlocking old memories and emotions. Pairing the music with daily activities can improve cognitive ability. People who listen to music are more engaged with it, activating more brain cells than normal. Listening to music improves mood, relieves stress, and stimulates motor and cognitive functions. Even simple tasks can become more fun when paired with music. If done properly, dementia music therapy can help the patients reconnect with their families. Using a mixed-methods design, this study compared the effects of music therapy on residents with dementia. Participants were recruited from the music therapy referral list of their care home. During the initial assessment, dementia patients were evaluated for inclusion or exclusion. Those...

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