Effect of Individualized Music on Agitation in Individuals With Dementia Who Live at Home

Journal

Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Year

2009

Volume

35

Issue

8

First Page

47

Last Page

55

Abstract

This pilot study investigated the effect of individualized music on agitation in individuals with dementia who live at home. Fifteen individuals listened to their preferred music for 30 minutes prior to peak agitation time, two times per week for 2 weeks, followed by no music intervention for 2 weeks. The process was repeated once. The findings showed that mean agitation levels were significantly lower while listening to music than before listening to the music. The findings of this pilot study suggest the importance of music intervention for individuals with dementia who live at home.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Agitation; Alzheimer's and Related Dementias; Home Setting; Music Listening; Neurodegenerative Disorders

Indexed Terms

Dementia; Mental Disorders; Pilot Projects

Study Type

Case Study; Qualitative Methods

Disciplines

Neurology

PubMed ID

19681563

Document Type

Article

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