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Familiar Group Singing: Addressing Mood and Social Behaviour of Residents with Dementia Displaying Sundowning

Australian Journal of Music Therapy
Volume 17 (2006)

Abstract: This study examines the effects of a Music Therapy (MT) intervention adopting familiar group singing during sundowning, a period of disorientation and/or agitation in the evening hours (Cohen-Mansfield, Garfinkel, and Lipson, 2000), to address the negative mood and non-social behaviour observed in residents diagnosed with dementia. A music therapist, over four consecutive days in the late afternoon, engaged four female residents with dementia, aged 80 to 97, in a small-group singing MT session. Two observers, using a mood-behavioural checklist, assessed the residents, (a) during a 15-min pre-test session, (b) a 30-min MT session, and (c) a 15-min post-test session. Data analysis reflected a marked improvement in mood and social behaviour and a significant decrease in non-social behaviour. The study outcomes demonstrate that familiar group singing positively affects the mood and social behaviour of residents with dementia experiencing sundowning, affirming the valuable role music therapists play in facilitating quality aged care.

To cite this article: Lesta, Barnetta and Petocz, Peter. Familiar Group Singing: Addressing Mood and Social Behaviour of Residents with Dementia Displaying Sundowning [online]. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, Vol. 17, 2006: 2-17. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=570237173408984;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1036-9457. [cited 03 May 16].

Personal Author: Lesta, Barnetta; Petocz, Peter; Source: Australian Journal of Music Therapy, Vol. 17, 2006: 2-17 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1036-9457 Subject: Social psychology; Psychotherapy and music; Music therapy for older people; Singing--Health aspects; Dementia--Alternative treatment; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Carlingford Centre for Aged Care and Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Care Association, NSW
(2) Department of Statistics, Macquarie University, Sydney

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