Music Playlists for People With Dementia: Qualitative Evaluation of a Guide for Caregivers


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This study aimed to evaluate a set of guidelines for music use with people with dementia. A secondary aim was to identify challenges and barriers to implementation of music interventions by caregivers. Caregivers (n = 16) were interviewed after implementing a music listening programme based on the guidelines with 29 people with dementia in home-care and aged care facilities. Caregivers found the guidelines informative, easy to understand and use. Positive effects on mood, reduced agitation and reduced challenges to care were reported. Difficulties with technology and finding time to implement the music programme were identified. Results highlight the need for more research around appropriate technology and the streamlining of processes and procedures for aged care staff. Further iterations of the guidelines will need to address these issues and consider the differing needs of home-based carers and aged care providers separately.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Agitation; Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Caregivers; Elderly; Home Setting; Interviews; Long-Term Care Facility; Mood; Music Listening; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Psychological Outcomes

Indexed Terms

Elderly; Anxiety; Caregivers; Dementia; Dementia; healthcare guidelines

Study Type

Case Study; Qualitative Methods

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