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There is no substantial evidence to support nor discourage the use of music therapy in the care of older people with dementia

Vink AC, Bruinsma MS, Scholten RJPM
Published Online: 
16 March 2011

The specific focus was to assess whether music therapy can diminish behavioural and cognitive problems or improve social and emotional functioning. Ten studies have been included in this review which state that music therapy is beneficial for treating older people with dementia. However, the methodological quality of these small, short-term studies was generally poor, as was the presentation of results. No useful conclusions can be drawn.