MASSAGE, TOUCH AND MUSIC THERAPY CALMS PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA MORE THAN MEDICATION: RESEARCH

Oct 17, 2019

By Jane Brown

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It seems various forms of therapy have a much deeper connection than medication when it comes to working with dementia patients.

A study from the University of Toronto suggests elderly people with dementia who become agitated or aggressive will calm down more with massage, touch therapy and music therapy instead of medication.

They also discovered that multi-disciplinary care provided by more than just a doctor is more effective.

Aggression and agitation is a serious problem in older people with dementia and can take a toll on caregivers and loved ones.

Although medications are often used, some can have negative side-effects, including increased risk of stroke and death.

As the population ages and dementia becomes more prevalent, determining the best ways to manage elderly people safely becomes more critical.

Researchers collected and analysed more than 100 previous studies before drawing their conclusions.

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