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Music and Dementia: From Cognition to Therapy

Amee Baird, Sandra Garrido, and Jeanette Tamplin


Our population is aging and consequently there is an increasing incidence of dementia. With no cure to date, there is an urgent need for the development of therapies that can alleviate symptoms of dementia and ensure optimal well-being for people with dementia and their carers. There is accumulating evidence that music is an effective nonpharmacological treatment for various symptoms of dementia. In its various forms, music (as a formal therapy or informal activity) engages widespread brain regions and in doing so can promote numerous benefits, including triggering memories, enhancing relation ... More

Keywords: music, music therapy, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, nonpharmacological treatment

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190075934
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190075934.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amee Baird, editor
NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University

Sandra Garrido, editor
NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow, MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University

Jeanette Tamplin, editor
Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

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Part I Why Music for People With Dementia?

2 Is Music Special for People With Dementia?

Matthieu Ghilain, Loris Schiaratura, Ashmita Singh, Micheline Lesaffre, and Séverine Samson

Part II Impact of Music on Cognition and Emotion in People With Dementia

4 Melody, Memory, and Engagement in Alzheimer’s Disease

Ashley D. Vanstone and Lola L. Cuddy

8 Preserved Musical Instrument Playing in Dementia

Amee Baird and William Forde Thompson

Part III Music Therapy in Dementia Care

14 Future Directions

Amee Baird, Sandra Garrido, and Jeanette Tamplin

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