School of Music
Interdisciplinary Studies; Music: Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion Performance
Music Therapy, Dementia, Memory, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Senile Dementia
Shotts, Amanda, "Music Therapy Techniques for Memory Stabilization in Diverse Dementias" (2018). Senior Honors Theses. 782.
Music contains certain unmistakable healing properties pertaining specifically to the matured body and soul affected by various types of dementia. Music therapy aids in memory retention or the retarding of the loss of mental function as a result of Alzheimer's disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies, and Senile Dementia. Music can help subjects access lost memories through interaction with a music therapist. Certain music therapy techniques have been shown to yield additional physical, communicative, and psychological benefits. The disease progress of Alzheimer's disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies, and Senile Dementia may be further delayed by music therapy when paired with pharmaceutical interventions such as previously established memory enhancing medications.