Music Therapy for Older Adults with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias: A Grant Proposal

Alzheimer’s and other dementias continue to be a rising concern in the cognitive health of the older adult population. Currently, there is no cure for these dementias; however, researchers continue to explore the impact of dementia on brain health and to direct efforts toward prevention of this disease. This project and grant proposal focus on the low-cost intervention of music therapy as a complementary and alternative form of treatment for patients with dementia in order to alleviate the symptoms of depression and agitation. The purpose of the grant proposal is to obtain funding to adopt a music therapy intervention utilizing iPads, iPods, and iTunes at Villa Pomerado skilled nursing facility in Poway, CA, targeting patients affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias. Music therapy will promote mind and body stimulation, increase positive emotional responses, and ultimately enhance social engagement for patients with dementia. It is also hoped that such alternative interventions may reduce the use of psychotropic medications to manage symptoms, and enhance the quality of care and well-being of patients struggling with this disease.