The Effect of Pre-meal, Vocal Re-creative Music Therapy on Nutritional Intake of Residents With Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: A Pilot Study


Music Therapy Perspectives




A two group randomized experiment examined if resident’s active engagement in singing lead to subsequent, productive changes in nutritional intake. The experimenters predicted that residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, who were actively engaged in singing during music therapy session immediately prior to their mid-day meal would show significantly greater overall nutritional intake for that meal when compared with participants who are not involved in premeal singing. All 15 participants were residents of a memory support unit within a larger care facility for older adults in the US Midwest. Results show that evaluated against baseline consumption, vocal re-creative music therapy participants showed no notable increases during the treatment period. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Elderly; Long-Term Care Facility; Music Therapy; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Recreative Music Methods; Singing a Song

Indexed Terms

Alzheimer's disease; dementia; nutrition intake; pre meal singing; Nutrition; Singing; Food Intake; Treatment Outcomes

Study Type

Randomized Controlled; Trial; Quantitative Methods

Document Type