The purpose of this integrative review was to examine the effects of music therapy, a complementary intervention, on individuals with dementia. Peer-reviewed journals were retrieved from MEDLINE, CINAHL, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Music Index to evaluate their relevance to music therapy use in people diagnosed with dementia. English and Spanish-language research articles published from 2000-2017 were included for the review (n=15). The literature indicates the use of music therapy as an adjuvant therapy for the treatment of dementia in older adults may be beneficial in decreasing symptoms of aggression, anxiety, agitation and depression. Music therapy is used in varying settings, but more specifically in long term care facilities. This complementary therapy enhances the quality of life in persons with dementia and facilitates empathetic relationships between residents and the staff.The literature indicates that music therapy, involving singing, listening to music, music and movement, when performed by a certified music therapist can have beneficial effects for people with dementia, especially when pharmacological treatments alone do manage symptoms associated with this disorder. Implications for nursing practice, education, policy and research are discussed along with study limitations.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
UCF Daytona Beach
Sanchez, Liani, "Effects of Music Therapy on Individuals with Dementia: An Intergrative Literature Review" (2018). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 392.