Journal of Gerontological Nursing

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Evidence-Based Guideline 

Individualized Music for Elders with Dementia

Deborah Perry Schoenfelder, PhD, RN; Linda A. Gerdner, PhD, RN

Abstract

EXCERPT

The most recent estimate reports that 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia (ADRD) (Alzheimer’s Association, 2007). Dementia is characterized by cognitive impairment, a key antecedent to agitation (Beck et al., 1998; Cohen-Mansfield, Culpepper, & Werner, 1995; Holtzer et al., 2003). More than 80% of persons with dementia will eventually display agitated behaviors (Ellison, 2008).

Abstract

EXCERPT

The most recent estimate reports that 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia (ADRD) (Alzheimer’s Association, 2007). Dementia is characterized by cognitive impairment, a key antecedent to agitation (Beck et al., 1998; Cohen-Mansfield, Culpepper, & Werner, 1995; Holtzer et al., 2003). More than 80% of persons with dementia will eventually display agitated behaviors (Ellison, 2008).

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Authors

Dr. Gerdner is Consulting Assistant Professor, Stanford Geriatric Education Center, Center for Education in Family and Community Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California; and Dr. Schoenfelder is Associate Clinical Professor and Editor, John A. Hartford Center for Geriatric Excellence, The University Iowa College of Nursing, Iowa City, Iowa.

Guidelines in this series were produced with support provided by grant P30 NR03979 (PI: Toni Tripp-Reimer, The University of Iowa College of Nursing), National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health. Copyright © 2007 The University of Iowa Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center, Research Translation and Dissemination Core.

Address correspondence to Deborah Perry Schoenfelder, PhD, RN, Associate Clinical Professor, The University of Iowa College of Nursing, 430 Nursing Building, 50 Newton Road, Iowa City, IA 52242; e-mail: deborah-schoenfelder@uiowa.edu.

10.3928/00989134-20100504-01

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