Music, Art, and Recreational Therapies in the Treatment of Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia


International Psychogeriatrics




Reviews the literature describing the use of music, art, and other recreational therapies in patients with dementia. Music as an intervention for patients with dementia has the strongest research base. Much less research has been conducted on the effects of other recreational therapies in persons with dementia, although several recent studies provide a base on which to build. It is concluded that no single music, art, or recreational intervention will work for all patients. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Elderly; Music Therapy; Neurodegenerative Disorders

Indexed Terms

use of music & art & other recreational therapies; patients with dementia; Art Therapy; Dementia; Geriatric Psychotherapy; Recreation Therapy; Geriatric Patients

Study Type

Systematic Review; Quantitative Methods

Document Type