Dinner Music for Demented Patients:Analysis of Video-Recorded Observations
AbstractAt a nursing home ward for demented patients, selections of dinner music were played during three periods of 2 weeks. At the end of the study was a control period. The reactions of five patients to three different types of music were registered by video observations. This study showed that the patients were affected by music, particularly soothing music. For example, it was found that when music was played one of the study's restless patients became unusually calm whereas another fed herself more than usual. The patients spent more time with dinner when music was played. Dinner music made the patients eat more calmly. Music as a nursing tool is an intervention that is simple to realize and worth trying. A tentative conclusion of this study is that music can beneficially affect restless and agitated demented patients.