Music and Memory Program Decreases Medication Use and Improves Dementia Symptoms, Study Finds

Music and Memory Program Decreases Medication Use and Improves Dementia Symptoms, Study Finds
A new study found personalized music and memory therapy helped decrease antipsychotic and anti-anxiety medication use, as well as improve dementia symptoms, in people living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related dementias (ADRD). Results from the study were published online in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, under the title “Individualized Music Program is Associated with Improved Outcomes for U.S. Nursing Home Residents with Dementia.” “Results from this study offer the first evidence that the M&M [Music and Memory] individualized music program may be associated with reductions in antipsychotic and anxiolytic [to reduce anxiety] medication use as well as improvement in behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia among nursing home residents with ADRD,” Kali Thomas, PhD, first author of the study, and colleagues wrote regarding their findings. According to an article written by  and published in Neurology Times, the study is the largest to date evaluating individualized music and memory therapy in this setting. Overall, the study provided the first evidence that M&M individualized programs may help decrease antipsychotic and anxiolytic use, as well as improve behavioral and psychological symptoms of
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2 comments

  1. Raymond Leone says:

    While Music and Memory programs are beneficial and a great program, it is not music therapy. Music therapy involves a board certified music therapist as an interventionist, working directly with patients, providing individualized music interventions, both with live music and recorded music, to achieve patient needs and goals. Calling Music and Memory programs “music therapy” is misrepresenting the field of music therapy.

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