Alzheimer's Disease and the Promise of Music and Culture as a Healing Process

Kenneth Brummel-Smith

in The Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756261
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:
 Alzheimer's Disease and the Promise of Music and Culture as a Healing Process

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This article addresses three themes by looking at the care of Alzheimer's disease (AD) as a model of a new way of caring for people. First, it is a disease that affects all aspects of life—one's physical health and psychological and social relationships. Second, there is a small but growing body of research regarding alternative approaches to helping people with AD and their families cope and adapt to the disease. Finally, the traditional medical approaches to the disease leave much to be desired in creating a truly compassionate model of care, and it is only through collaboration of multiple disciplines that care of those with AD and their families can be optimized. The “person-centered” approach to the care of persons with AD is a model by which multiple disciplines can offer hope for an increased quality of life. It embodies attention to all aspects of health—biological, psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual realms.

Keywords: Alzheimer's disease; physical health; research; medical approaches; person-centered approach

Article.  6880 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Ethnomusicology

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