Music Therapy and Dementia Care


Current Research:


  • Brotons, M., Koger, S.M., & Pickett-Cooper, P. (1997). Music and dementias: A review of literature. The Journal of Music Therapy, 34(4), 204–245. J of MT Abstract
  • Clair, A.A. (1996). The effect of singing on alert responses in persons with late stage dementia. The Journal of Music Therapy, 33, 234-47. J of MT Abstract
  • Dassa, A., & Amir, D. (2014). The role of singing familiar songs in encouraging conversation among people with middle to late stage Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Music Therapy, 51(2), 131-153
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  • Han P1, Kwan M, Chen D, Yusoff SZ, Chionh HL, Goh J, Yap P. (2010). A controlled naturalistic study on a weekly music therapy and activity program on disruptive and depressive behaviors in dementia. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord. 2010;30(6):540-6. doi: 10.1159/000321668. Epub 2011 Jan 20. Pub Med Abstract
  • Koger, S.M., Chapin, K., & Brotons, M. (1999). Is music therapy an effective intervention for dementia? A meta-analytic review of literature. The Journal of Music Therapy, 36(1), 2-15. Pub Med Abstract
  • Raglio, A., Bellandi, D., Baiardi, P., Gianotti, M., Ubezio, M.C. & Granieri, E: (2013). Listening to music and active music therapy in behavioral disturbances in dementia: A crossover study. Journal of American Geriatric Society, 61(4), 645-7. doi:10.1111/jgs.12187.
  • Raglio, A., Filippi, S., Bellandi, D. & Stramba-Badiale, M. (2014). Global music approach to persons with dementia: Evidence to practice. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 9, 1669-1676.
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  • Sakamoto, M., Ando, H., & Tsutou, A. (2013). Comparing the effects of different individualized music interventions with severe dementia. International Psychogeriatrics, 25(5), 775-784. doi: 10.1017/S1041610212002256
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  • Suzuki M1, Kanamori M, Watanabe M, Nagasawa S, Kojima E, Ooshiro H, Nakahara D. Behavioral and endocrinological evaluation of music therapy for elderly patients with dementia. Nurs Health Sci. 2004 Mar;6(1):11-8. Pub Med Abstract
  • Vasionytė, I., & Madison, G. (2013). Musical intervention for patients with dementia: a meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22(9/10), 1203-1216. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12166
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