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The Promising Results of Music Therapy on Cognitive Function in Alzheimer's Patients

Bernardo Abreu |April 24, 2023



Alzheimer's disease is a difficult and moderate neurological problem that can negatively affect the existence of people living with it and their families. Music therapy is a promising alternative strategy for enhancing the quality of life of Alzheimer's patients, despite the fact that medical science has not yet discovered a treatment for this condition.


Music treatment is a non-pharmacological methodology that has shown striking outcomes in upgrading mental capability, decreasing fomentation, further developing temperament, expanding social collaboration, further developing rest quality, and, surprisingly, working on profound acknowledgment among people with Alzheimer's disease. These advantages have been confirmed by a number of studies, demonstrating the transformative power of music in Alzheimer's patients' lives.


Heart For Music, a program devoted to carrying music to seniors with Alzheimer's, is having a massive impact by donating tablets, speakers, and earphones to Care Homes. By providing Alzheimer's patients with individualized music listening programs tailored to their tastes and preferences, Heart for Music’s support is enhancing their quality of life.


In one review directed by Teacher Jace Ruler and his group from the College of Utah, utilitarian attractive reverberation imaging (X-ray) filters were utilized to look at the impacts of customized music listening programs on the cerebrums of Alzheimer's patients. The findings demonstrated that listening to familiar music significantly increased functional connectivity in corticocerebellar and corticocortical networks and strongly activated the supplementary motor area of the brain, which is typically left unaffected by early Alzheimer's disease. This finding recommends that music treatment momentarily affects mind capability and can have a positive impact on the mental capability of Alzheimer's patients.


Music therapy has also been shown to be beneficial for Alzheimer's patients in other studies. Koger et al.'s meta-analytic review of the literature (1999) found that music therapy helped Alzheimer's patients improve their mood, reduce agitation, and improve their cognitive function. Another study by Svansdottir and Sndal (2006) found that music therapy improved social interaction and communication among people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's.



Music therapy has also been shown to improve Alzheimer's patients' sleep quality. (Lindenmuth et al.'s study) Music improved sleep quality in both healthy elderly people and those with Alzheimer's-like senile dementia, according to a 1992 study. In addition, (Sung et al. 2006) found that music with development mediation decreased fomented ways of behaving among regulated seniors with dementia in Taiwan.


Individualized music sessions and multisensory stimulations have both been viewed as powerful tools in working on a better quality of life for people living with serious dementia. The randomized controlled preliminary led by Sánchez et al. ( 2016) found that individuals with severe dementia benefitted from personalized music sessions and multisensory stimulation. Multisensory stimulation was found to be more effective at improving cognitive function, while individualized music sessions were found to be more effective at reducing agitation.


Music treatment is an integral asset that can work on the personal satisfaction of people with Alzheimer's disease. Heart For Music along with different foundations are having a massive effect by bringing the recuperating force of music to seniors living with Alzheimer's. We can make a difference in the lives of those affected by this condition by supporting this cause. How about we keep on supporting music therapy while helping to improve the lives of those who have Alzheimer's?


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