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Dr. Susie Tasker-Weaver
Dementia is a growing public health issue, as there are 24.3 million people currently diagnosed worldwide. Being that there is no cure, non-pharmacological interventions are important to optimize quality of life for this population. Music therapy is a nonpharmacological intervention with fine usability for dementia patients. This thesis will examine the positive effects of music therapy on the behavioral symptoms, mood management, self-esteem, language skills, cognition, and reminiscence for the individual with dementia based on existing literature and will provide practice recommendations for the clinical use of music therapy and research. A short literature review will focus on the field of visual art therapy, for the purpose of examining the effect and usability of the fine arts as non-pharmacological interventions.
Carl, Emily A., "MELODIES, MEMORIES, AND MEANING: THE USE OF MUSIC THERAPY FOR PERSONS WITH DEMENTIA" (2018). Selected Honors Theses. 119.