MUSIC THERAPY FOR PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA: EVIDENCE INFORMED RECOMMENDATIONS
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AbstractThis thesis will explore the research on implementing music therapy into the care of patients with dementia to decrease anxiety, agitation, and depression. Dementia is a term to describe symptoms secondary to certain medical conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or a traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, decreased reasoning and judgement, and a decline in language function. Some of the symptoms associated with dementia are a decreased quality of life, depression, anxiety, and agitation. The literature review explores the integrative intervention of music therapy and whether it is beneficial at addressing both symptoms of dementia, and symptoms associated with dementia. Additionally, which forms of music therapy are most effective, and how they can be implemented into the care of patients with dementia successfully are addressed. While the review of the current literature is located in chapter two of this paper, the paper will also identify the best practice recommendations, a proposed plan of implementation, and a proposed evaluation of the implementation plan.
Degree ProgramHonors College