Feasibility and Acceptability of a Group Music Intervention in Memory Care Communities

Britney M. Veal, Debra Dobbs, Soomi Lee, Jennifer A. Bugos, Mary P. Pyfrom, Samantha Boddupalli, Cecile A. Lengacher, Hongdao Meng

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Music-based interventions have been shown to reduce behavioral expressions among persons with dementia. The goal of this study was to examine the feasibility and acceptability of a group music intervention to reduce agitation. Two memory care communities were recruited to participate in this single-arm mixed-methods study. The group music intervention program included a total of 12 sessions delivered over 4 weeks. Agitation was assessed quantitatively at weeks 0, 2, and 4. Qualitative interviews of memory care staff were conducted post-intervention. Data were analyzed using linear mixed-effects models and qualitative content analysis. The study sample (N = 19) had a mean age of 82.74, and 73.7% were female. The great majority of participants completed the intervention and 63.2% experienced a reduction in agitation, suggesting that the intervention is feasible and acceptable in memory care and may be efficacious. Future research should evaluate the efficacy of the intervention in a randomized controlled trial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1528-1538
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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