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An older adult playing the guitar at a group music session

Music Therapy for Dementia Care

Staying engaged in meaningful and interesting activities can be challenging after receiving a dementia diagnosis, but as caregivers, it is important for us to help our loved one continue to participate in activities they enjoy. If our loved one likes listening to or playing music, music therapy may be a helpful option. Music therapy can help individuals with dementia with their cognitive and/or physical functioning, while helping them stay connected with others.

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By Sarah Nicolay | 06/11/2019

An older couple planning together with the help of a counselor

Taking ACTION to Manage Dementia Care

Caring for a loved one with dementia can oftentimes go hand-in-hand with challenging situations that may lead us to feel stress and uncertainty about how to manage our loved one’s care. It can become overwhelming, especially for one person, but there are steps we can take to minimize the burden and make progress. Action planning gives us guidance and support to meet our caregiving needs and manage our loved one’s care by breaking down larger goals into small, manageable steps towards solutions to potential challenges.

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By Branka Primetica | 06/06/2019

Nicolay, S. (2018, December 11). Why Music Therapy is a Powerful Tool for Individuals with Dementia. Retrieved from https://www.guideposts.org/friends-and-family/caregiving/why-music-therapy-is-a-powerful-tool-for-individuals-with-dementia.

Looman, W., Noelker, L., & Deimling, G. (1990). Using information system technology to coordinate specialized services for the elderly. Computers & Society, 20(3), 106-111.

Bukach, A. M., Ejaz, F. K., Dawson, N., & Gitter, R. J. (2017). Turnover among community mental health workers in Ohio. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 44(1), 115-122. doi:10.1007/s10488-015-0706-1