The Effect of Baroque Music on Behavioural Disturbances in Patients With Dementia


Australasian Journal on Ageing




AIM: To study the effect of Baroque music in people with dementia. METHODS: Patients in a multicultural dementia-specific aged care facility were subjected to Baroque music in a cross-over study. RESULTS: There were significantly more behavioural disturbances during the weeks when Baroque music was played compared to control periods (0.2 more episodes per week, P = 0.01), and more episodes in the afternoon shift compared to evening shift (1 more episode per week, P = 0.001). CONCLUSION: These results confirm that music can influence behaviour but is contrary to previous results.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Elderly; Mental Health; Music Listening; Music Therapy; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Recorded Music Listening

Indexed Terms

Elderly; Elderly; Chi-Square Distribution; Cross-Over Studies; Dementia; Health Services for the Aged; Homes for the Aged; Mental Disorders; New South Wales; Nursing Homes; Regression Analysis; Risk Assessment; Risk Factors; Time Factors; Treatment Failure

Study Type

Quasi-Experimental Study; Quantitative Methods

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