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      Behavioral and endocrinological evaluation of music therapy for elderly patients with dementia.

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          The present study investigated the effectiveness of music therapy for dementia patients using endocrinological and behavioral evaluations. The study comprised 10 patients with senile dementia who received music therapy; six had Alzheimer's dementia and four had vascular dementia. Music therapy was performed twice a week for 8 consecutive weeks (16 sessions). As a result, total scores on the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) did not significantly change, but the scores of a subscale, "language", improved significantly. According to the Multidimensional Observation Scale For Elderly Subjects (MOSES), scores for "irritability" decreased significantly. Regarding changes in salivary chromogranin A (CgA) levels, the average was significantly decreased before session 16 compared to after this. These results suggest that the combination of endocrinological measurements, behavioral evaluations and functional assessment methods are useful in evaluating the effects of music therapy in persons with senile dementia.

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          Journal
          Nurs Health Sci
          Nursing & health sciences
          Wiley
          1441-0745
          1441-0745
          Mar 2004
          : 6
          : 1
          Affiliations
          [1 ] School of Nursing, Mie Prefectual College of Nursing, 1-1-1 Yumegaoka, Tsu, Mie 514-0116, Japan. mizue.suzuki@mcn.ac.jp
          Article
          168
          10.1111/j.1442-2018.2003.00168.x
          14764189
          776ffc57-138e-4a73-bf09-b963a67487ea

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