Decrease the anxiety of nursing home residents with dementia by playing their favorite music

Decrease the anxiety of nursing home residents with dementia by playing their favorite musicAnother great article at Aging in Action describes a study that concluded that a relatively inexpensive (and fun to implement) intervention may be useful for reducing anxiety among individuals with dementia. The authors hypothesize that the music contributed a sense of familiarity and stimulated pleasant memories for the participants, which is likely to ring true for those of you who share music with loved ones with dementia.

According to the article:

Earlier this year the Journal of Clinical Nursing published a study (Sung et al 2010) on the potential for music to reduce anxiety in older nursing home residents with dementia. The researchers compared two groups of residents in Taiwan, at the same nursing home: a control group of twenty-three who received standard nursing care, and twenty-nine residents in an experimental group who spent 30 minutes listening to music of their choice, twice a week for six weeks, as provided by their nursing staff. At the end of the six weeks, the older adults who had been listening to their preferred music had significantly lower scores on an anxiety test (i.e., less anxiety) than their peers who received standard care, and significantly lower than they’d had at the beginning of the six weeks.

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Originally posted 2010-09-18 14:00:00.

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Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.