Sonas: A Pilot Study Investigating the Effectiveness of an Intervention for People With Moderate to Severe Dementia


American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias




OBJECTIVE: To investigate the feasibility and effectiveness of Sonas, a group intervention involving multisensory stimulation, reminiscence, and light physical activity. METHODS: A total of 39 participants with moderate to severe dementia were randomized to receive either 14 sessions of Sonas or treatment as usual. Measures such as quality of life (QoL), communication, depression, anxiety, and behavioral disturbance were administered at baseline and follow-up. RESULTS: No statistically significant results were found. However, participant attendance to sessions was good (mean = 12.4 sessions of 14 offered). CONCLUSIONS: Sonas sessions did not lead to improvements in QoL and behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Anxiety; Depression; Elderly; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Music in Combination with Other Techniques; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Psychological Outcomes; Quality of Life; Recorded Music Listening; Self-Report Measures

Indexed Terms

Elderly; Elderly; Aggression; Anxiety; Communication; Dementia; Depression; Feasibility Studies; Massage; Motor Activity; Nursing Homes; Physical Stimulation; Pilot Projects; Quality of Life; Severity of Illness Index; Sonas; dementia; intervention; multisensory; quality of life; stimulation

Study Type

Randomized Controlled Trial; Quantitative Methods

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