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/mhp2014.02.17.5.10.e861Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 28 February 2013
Accepted: 23 August 2013