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SV: [AUDITORY] Music and mood and Dementia
Steve and list,
There's a large literature on music therapy, including that directed specifically to dementia.
A recent and updated meta-analysis will be published in Clinical Nursing soon, which contains a lot of references that should put you into the picture:
Vasionyte, I. & Madison, G. (in press). Musical intervention for patients with dementia: A meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Nursing.
Other central references (comprehensive reviews and meta-analyses) are:
Koger, S. M. & Brotons, M. (2000). Music therapy for dementia symptoms. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Online), 2, CD001121.
Koger, S. M., Chapin, K., & Brotons, M. (1999). Is music therapy an effective intervention for dementia? A meta-analytic review of literature. Journal of Music Therapy, 36, 2-15.
Sherratt, K., Thornton, A., & Hatton, C. (2004). Music interventions for people with dementia: a review of the literature. Aging & Mental Health, 8, 3-12.
Sung, H. C. & Chang, A. M. (2005). Use of preferred music to decrease agitated behaviours in older people with dementia: a review of the literature. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 14, 1133-1140.
Vink, A.C., Bruinsma, M.S., & Scholten, R.J.P.M. (2004). Music therapy for people with dementia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 3, CD003477. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003477.pub2. Crit