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Beyond Listening: Music for Dementia Caregiving

Start: August 1, 2018
End: March 1, 2022
Enrollment: 60

What Is This Study About?

This study will evaluate a home-based music program that uses singing, listening to music, and moving with music to lessen dementia symptoms, such as depression, and caregiver stress. Dementia caregivers will attend online training workshops that meet for one hour weekly for six weeks. Caregivers will use the music program with their person with dementia and report about their experiences in weekly diaries, a focus group, and questionnaires. Study participation is available online.

Do I Qualify To Participate in This Study?

Minimum Age: N/A

Maximum Age: N/A

Must have:

Caregiver participants:

  • Family member or close friend of a person with dementia
  • Able to read and write in basic English

Dementia participants:

  • Diagnosis of dementia
  • Currently experiencing neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia (e.g., agitation, restlessness, depressed mood, etc.)

Must NOT have:

  • Diagnosis or history of mental illness
  • Inadequate hearing even with the use of a hearing aid or other corrective device
  • History of psychosis or other mental disorders other than depression
  • History or presence of substance or alcohol abuse

If I Qualify, Who Do I Contact?

Contact study personnel listed either under the general study contact or the location nearest you.

Study Contact
Kendra Ray, PhD

Need Help?

Contact NIA’s Alzheimer’s and related Dementias Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center at 800-438-4380 or email ADEAR.

Where Is This Study Located?

New York
Menorah Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Kendra Ray, PhD, MPH

Who Sponsors This Study?

Lead: MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care

Collaborator Sponsor

  • Alzheimer's Association

Source: ID: NCT04840173