The Music, Sleep and Dementia Study

The Music, Sleep and Dementia Study

The specific aims of this studyare to examine the 1) feasibility; 2) acceptability; and 3) preliminary efficacy of a tailored music intervention in home-dwelling older adults with dementia suffering from sleep disruption. Sixty dyads (older adults with dementia and their caregivers) will be randomized to receive the tailored music intervention immediately or following a four week delay.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Behavioral - Tailored music listening intervention

The music intervention consists of listening to preferred soothing music at bedtime for 30 minutes every night for four weeks (28 sessions total). This theory based caregiver-assisted intervention builds on the evidence-based protocol of using individualized music to decrease agitation in nursing home residents. It also accounts for sleep-inducing properties of music.

The Feasibility of a Tailored Music Intervention to Reduce Symptoms of Sleep Disruption in Older Adults With Dementia