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The Impact of Music Therapy on Alzheimer's Disease Outcomes


  • Shreyas Nidumbur West Windsor Plainsboro High School South



music therapy, alzheimer's disease


Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia in the United States. Researchers are investigating nonpharmacologic treatment options for AD given that few medications are approved for management of the disease and there remains no cure. As a result, researchers and clinicians in this space are considering non-pharmacological interventions like music therapy. This literature review discusses the potential role for music therapy in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and summarizes the current literature on music’s impact on cognitive function, including memory. Additionally, it covers the role of music in management of anxiety, depression, and other behavioral disturbances commonly seen in Alzheimer’s disease.


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