Musical interaction with dementia patients reduces agitation and medication, improves mood and posture

Music sessions with orchestral players appear to reduce agitation and medication of patients, while improving mood and posture. The sessions were funded by Care UK, which runs 123 residential homes for elderly people, and overseen by Manchester University. The aim was to find out if classical music can improve communication and interaction, and reduce agitation for people in the UK living with dementia. Initial results show that the sessions have reduced the agitation and medication of dementia patients, while improving their mood and posture.

SOURCE:

The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/29/musical-therapy-helps-dementia-patients-harmony

DETAILS:

BENEFIT: Wellbeing
TARGET GROUP: People with dementia
AGE: Older people
MUSIC TYPE: Western classical
TYPE OF STUDY: Academic research
NOs INVOLVED: Unknown
PERIOD OF STUDY: 10 weeks (pilot study)
DATE: 2014
PLACE: United Kingdom

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