Abstract and Keywords
The diagnosis of a neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer's-type dementia, is tragic for persons who receive it, as well as for their families. Usually there is a great deal of suspicion of something terribly wrong before the diagnosis finally comes, and sometimes there is great relief in finally knowing the cause of evergrowing memory problems. The efficacy of music therapy as an evidence-based practice in palliative care for persons with dementia and their caregivers has been demonstrated through clinical applications and published research. To describe clinical outcomes that use music therapy with persons who have dementia, this article focuses on the later stages of dementia, beginning at a point where verbalizations become difficult to discern and activities of daily living require assistance and progressing to the time when persons become unable to walk, are unable to speak, and typically do not interact with stimuli in their environments.
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