Recent research, published in the journal Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, suggests that music therapy can improve social connections between people with dementia and their caregivers.
For the current study, researchers recruited individuals with dementia as well as their caregivers from two care facilities. They applied a 12-week intervention called musical bridges to memory (MBM), which included an assessment of musical preferences among people with dementia and baseline assessment data like sociable behaviors and dementia severity.
The MBM included training for caregivers, live 45-minute concerts, and breakout sessions after the concerts. Researchers completed follow-up assessments using a neuropsychiatric symptoms questionnaire, evaluating behaviors, and getting feedback from caregivers.