Music therapy with the elderly living in a nursing home
Abstract: Music therapy procedures were implemented to increase socially appropriate spontaneity, reality orientation, recognition and recall, and peer interaction for geriatric clients. Effectiveness was evaluated by comparing baseline and treatment results. Spontaneity training was effective for two out of three clients receiving treatment. Reality orientations sessions maintained pinpointed behaviors for all eight clients, and name recall activities improved the memory of all thirteen clients. Solicited verbal communication gradually increased for an individual with Alzheimer's Disease.
Keyword(s): music-therapy, elderly, nursing-home, alzheimer's-disease, reality-orientation, social-behaviors.