According to a recent study, older adults with mild cognitive impairment or dementia could benefit from active music-making. The study analyzed all relevant studies on the effect of music on the mental health of people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. The mental health was determined by 5 aspects: quality of life, depression, anxiety, mood and social engagement. The reseachers found out that there is a small but clinically meaningful effect of active music-making activities only on 2 aspects: quality of life and mood. The effect of music on the other 3 investigated aspects was inconsistent and unclear.
By the way, active music-making activities were defined in the study as singing in a choir, playing precomposed songs or playing a music instrument. These activities are a safe way that can help your relatives (or just people you know) with cognitive decline to improve their mood and enjoy their life under their health conditions. Any way, it is worth to try, isn’t it?
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