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UC DAVIS HEALTHMusic and Memory Reduces Dementia Medications and Aggressive Behavior

Updated: Nov 19, 2021




The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis did comprehensive research in a most recent study on the effects of music on dementia patients.


They found out that individualized music reduces the amount of medication taken by dementia patients and reduces their disruptive behaviors.


The three-year study of 4,107 residents in 265 California nursing homes found out that the use of antipsychotic drugs reduced by 13%, and anti-anxiety medications reduced by 17% each quarter for patients with dementia and using the music program.


In addition to the depressive symptoms decreasing by 16% per quarter, the odds of reported pain reduced by 30%, and aggressive behavior reduced by 20%. Read more


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