30 Oct Effect of Music Therapy as a Non-Pharmacological Measure Applied to Alzheimer’s Disease Patients: A Systematic Review
ABSTRACT: This article took an interesting angle: in addition to examining how music therapy could help with reducing some symptoms of people living with Alzheimer’s disease, it also examined how music can help their caregivers. The researchers looked at 16 studies across a variety of geographies, sample sizes (though researchers said most were small), and control group vs no control group. On the whole, they found that the studies supported that music therapy benefits Alzheimer’s patients, improving their quality of life in the process of this disease, and positively influencing them at the behavioral, cognitive and social levels. The results showed a decrease in the caregiver’s burden and an increase in their well-being with the application of music therapy to Alzheimer’s patients. This holds both for cases in which caregivers did not implement it and for those in which they participated in the implementation of the therapy. Concerning the results about the benefits of music therapy in relation to caregivers’ burden, the results of the overarching study point at the need of developing this line of research further, as less data was found on this topic.
AUTHOR SUMMARY: E. Begoña García-Navarro, Ana Buzón-Pérez, and María Cabillas-Romero