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Music Therapy Evidence-Based Outcomes in Dementia Care: Better Life Quality for Those with Alzheimer's Disease and Their Families

Alicia Ann Clair

in The Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756261
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199756261.013.0009
 Music Therapy Evidence-Based Outcomes in Dementia Care: Better Life Quality for Those with Alzheimer's Disease and Their Families

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The diagnosis of a neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer's-type dementia, is tragic for persons who receive it, as well as for their families. Usually there is a great deal of suspicion of something terribly wrong before the diagnosis finally comes, and sometimes there is great relief in finally knowing the cause of evergrowing memory problems. The efficacy of music therapy as an evidence-based practice in palliative care for persons with dementia and their caregivers has been demonstrated through clinical applications and published research. To describe clinical outcomes that use music therapy with persons who have dementia, this article focuses on the later stages of dementia, beginning at a point where verbalizations become difficult to discern and activities of daily living require assistance and progressing to the time when persons become unable to walk, are unable to speak, and typically do not interact with stimuli in their environments.

Keywords: neurodegenerative disease; dementia; research; clinical outcomes; music therapy

Article.  7834 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Ethnomusicology

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