Music therapy in dementia

Alfredo Raglio

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The article aims at a possible definition of music therapy and underlines the principal differences between the generic and the therapeutic use of music in the field of dementia. The article begins with a brief review about the most recent studies in the international literature, followed by the presentation of the reasons of the efficacy of the music therapeutic approach in the persons living with Alzheimer's disease or with dementia. In addition, the article describes a music therapy approach based on the free sonorous-music improvisation and on the psychological intersubjective perspective. In conclusion, you can read the description of some research studies realized with rigorous methodological criteria (scientific approach), and in Appendix 1 a case report regarding music therapeutic treatment of a person with a diagnosis of mixed dementia of mild level (clinical approach).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDementia: Non-Pharmacological Therapies
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781614707363
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • Dementia
  • Evidence based practice
  • Music
  • Music therapy
  • Scientific approach.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)

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    Raglio, A. (2012). Music therapy in dementia. In Dementia: Non-Pharmacological Therapies (pp. 1-14). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..