The use of music and singing to help manage anxiety in older adults
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The use of music and singing to help manage anxiety in older adults

Karen Eells Nursing student, University of Essex, Longview Ward, St Aubyn Centre, Colchester, Essex

Karen Eells reviews the growing evidence base for these relaxing and sociable activities as therapeutic nursing interventions in this patient group

The number of older adults in the UK is increasing, and they are vulnerable to long-term anxiety, depression, pain and dementia. These conditions can to some extent be relieved by medication, but this has variable adverse effects. Older people themselves often prefer alternatives such as relaxation and distraction, including listening to music or singing along. This review of relevant studies finds that the use of music as a valid nursing intervention can relieve anxiety and depression, help manage pain and improve quality of life.

Mental Health Practice. 17, 5, 10-17. doi: 10.7748/mhp2014.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 28 February 2013

Accepted: 23 August 2013

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