The Effect of Music Therapy Compared to Cholinesterase Inhibitor drugs in the Cognition, Symptoms, and ADLs of Those Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease

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Bolin, Morgan
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Schafer, Gerald
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2023-04-28
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The Effect of Music Therapy Compared to Cholinesterase Inhibitor drugs in the Cognition, Symptoms, and ADLs of Those Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease
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Objective: To review current literature that explores music therapy as an alternative or integrated treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Methods: Articles were found through two research databases, PubMed and CINAHL. They were then screened for information regarding music therapy and cholinesterase inhibitors as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. The interventions included song listening, lyric reading, and singing for the alternative therapies, and donepezil and memantine, two commonly used cholinesterase inhibitor drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Results: While the results were mixed, there was sufficient evidence in support of both music therapy and cholinesterase inhibitors as effective and admissible treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease. Conclusion: Both interventions mentioned in this review produced good evidence to suggest that, whether acting alone or in combination, they could be effective treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease. Music therapy combined with pharmaceutical treatments should be researched more to determine the best option of treatment for those who have Alzheimer’s disease.
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