A new study proves that those who suffer from symptoms of dementia – say anxiety, memory loss, agitation or aggression – may benefit from musical therapy treating this disease.
The discovery was part of a commission organized by the International Longevity Centre’s report, which states that there is “emerging evidence to suggest that music may help to delay the onset of dementia and improve brain function and information recall.”
This report also states that musical therapy to treat dementia is still underused and underfunded, noting that it is only used in about 5% of care homes for treating the illness.
Studies on musical therapy treating the disease have been historically lacking, stated by Kathryn Smith, director of operations at the Alzheimer’s Society.
“The benefits for people with dementia are clear and yet why is it that so many people with dementia are not accessing appropriate music-based interventions? At the heart of this debate is the right for people with dementia to have not just a life, but a good life and to be comforted and enlivened by the power of music,” the report states.