Agitated behaviours in Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders: Music and music therapy research

Agitated behaviours in Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders: Music and music therapy research

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to review literature that addresses music and music therapy interventions for people with Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders who display agitated behaviours. Several music therapy journals and databases were investigated. Two types of studies emerged. The first type included music and music therapy studies on (a) general agitation, (b) wandering, (c) verbal agitation, or (d) sleep disturbance. The second type focused on activities of daily living interventions, specifically mealtime or bathing agitation. The findings of these studies will be described and interrelated research outcomes discussed. Many articles support the premise for familiar or individualised music reducing agitation. Similarities in responses to agitated behaviours will be discussed and suggestions for more rigorous research designs are also presented.

 

Keywords: Alzheimer's; agitation; literature review


Citation

Nugent, N. (2002). Agitated behaviours in Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders: Music and music therapy research. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 13, 38-50.


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Date published: July 2002