Using music interventions in the care of people with dementia

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Skingley, A., McCue, J. and Vella-Burrows, T. 2020. Using music interventions in the care of people with dementia. Nursing Standard. 35 (6), pp. 55-60.
AuthorsSkingley, A., McCue, J. and Vella-Burrows, T.
Abstract

The therapeutic properties of music have been recognised since antiquity. There is now a growing evidence-base to support claims to its benefit for individuals with certain health conditions, including dementia. It has been reported that music interventions can lead to improvements in cognition, behaviour and psychosocial well-being in people with the condition, as well as offering support for carers. There are a variety of types of music interventions that can be used, and it is suggested that nurses consider harnessing music’s potential as part of the care they provide. This article explores the evidence-based use of music in dementia care and outlines its potential benefits.

KeywordsClinical; Complementary therapies; Dementia; Frontotemporal dementia; Vascular dementia; Medicines; Neurology; Music
Year2020
JournalNursing Standard
Journal citation35 (6), pp. 55-60
PublisherRCNi
ISSN0029-6570
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.7748/ns.2020.e11560
Official URLhttp://doi.org/10.7748/ns.2020.e11560
Publication dates
Online19 May 2020
Publication process dates
Accepted22 Apr 2020
Deposited03 Jun 2020
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