Advances in Alzheimer's Research

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Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is currently recognized as an untreatable, progressive, degenerative and terminal disease that is global – afflicting over 36 million people worldwide, with the number ...
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Music Therapy for Individuals with Dementia: Areas of Intervention and Research Perspectives

Pp. 230-254 (25)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608058525114020011

Author(s): Alfredo Raglio, Maria V. Gianelli


This contribution focuses on the definition of music therapy as a specific applicative context to be seen as distinct from the generic use of music in a variety of pathologies. Music therapy is presented as a discipline grounded upon both relationship and the theoretical-methodological principles peculiar to each applicative model. The therapeutic nature proper to music therapy is highlighted with specific reference to the domain of the dementias. Music therapy facilitates expression, communication and relationship in the non-verbal context. Such an opportunity allows persons with dementia to establish contact, to express, and even contrive an organisation/regulation of their emotions, through the sonorous-musical relationship with the music therapist. With reference to a brief analysis of the relevant literature, attention is drawn to the importance of both evidence–based clinical practice and music therapy evaluations, aimed at proving the effectiveness of music therapy, while promoting its correct application.


Music, music therapy, outcomes - scientific basis, relationship, theoretical/methodological aspects.