Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
Date of Last Revision
Nursing Research 8200:435-004
Number of Credits
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Date of Expected Graduation
Older adults with dementia experience difficulties throughout the progression of the disease, including decreased quality of life and mental health (Weise et al., 2018). Nonpharmacological interventions, such as music therapy and music listening, may be one solution to affect mental health outcomes in this population. The two authors seek to answer the following PICOT formatted question: In older adults, ages 65 and older, with dementia, how does music therapy, compared with treatment as usual, affect depression and anxiety? Twenty primary sources, published from 2014 to 2019, were reviewed and critically appraised. The sources were diverse with regards to country of origin, design, methods, and results. Across studies, findings were inconsistent with some supporting that music therapy or music listening increased quality of life and decreased depression, anxiety, and agitation.
Honors Faculty Advisor
Swogger, Sydney and Throckmorton, Kahli, "The Effects of Music Therapy on Older Adults with Dementia: A Systematic Review" (2021). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 1263.