Music therapy may improve depression and anxiety in dementia patients, a new analysis suggests.
Music therapy might also improve emotional well-being among those with dementia, researchers found. But they didn't find any benefits when it came to cognition and behavioral issues such as agitation or aggression, according to the report in the Cochrane Library journal.
Although the benefits of music therapy weren't large, "small effects are valuable, too, because even a small improvement or maintaining a certain level while otherwise a decline is expected is very important for people with dementia and those caring for them," said study leader Jenny van der Steen, a researcher with the department of public health and primary care at Leiden University Medical Center.
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