Multisensory Stimulation and Individualized Music Sessions on Older Adults With Severe Dementia: Effects on Mood, Behavior, and Biomedical Parameters


Journal of Alzheimer's Disease




BACKGROUND: Multisensory stimulation and individualized music have shown to be good in handling the psychological and behavioral symptoms in people with severe dementia. OBJECTIVE: Explore the effects of two nonpharmacological interventions, multisensory stimulation environment (MSSE) in a Snoezelen room and individualized music sessions, on mood, behavior, and biomedical parameters of institutionalized elderly patients with severe dementia. METHODS: Randomized trial of 21 patients aged ?65 years randomly assigned to two groups (MSSE and individualized music). Interventions administered in two-weekly sessions lasted 30 minutes for a period of 12 weeks. Main outcomes were recorded before, during, and at the end of the intervention. RESULTS: Both groups had immediate positive effects on mood and behavior. Participants were more happy/more content (p?

Music and Health Institute Terms

Elderly; Heart Rate; Mental Health; Mood; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Oxygen Saturation; Psychological Outcomes; Recorded Music Listening; Relaxation; Suffering; Symptom Management; Vital Signs

Indexed Terms

Acoustic Stimulation; Elderly; Elderly; Behavioral Symptoms; Dementia; Emotions; Follow-Up Studies; Heart Rate, Fetal; Mood Disorders; Severity of Illness Index; Dementia; Snoezelen; elderly; individualized music; randomized trial

Study Type

Quantitative Methods; Randomized Controlled Trial

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