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Music Therapy and Alzheimer’s Disease

1.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe how music and sound healing as well as music therapy may effect individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.
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Music therapy influences an individual’s physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well-being and is especially exciting as a modality that can improve the quality of life for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The type of therapy used in individuals with AD may involve listening to music, singing, composing music, or playing instruments.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the major characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Describe the effects of music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients.
  • Explain music therapy interventions, including music selection considerations, for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a global public health issue with an increasing prevalence rate. Today, dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease) affects more than 46 million people worldwide, with the number expected to almost double every 20 years. Currently, AD affects 5 million people in the United States and is the 6th leading cause of death in the U. S. At the present time in the United States, every 70 seconds someone develops AD (Alzheimer’s Association, 2017a; 2017b).

While much research is currently being conducted to determine specific causes of AD and to develop medications to treat the disease and its symptoms, there are limitations to the effectiveness of pharmacological interventions. As a result, both the public and the healthcare community are utilizing other forms of therapy to assist both the patient with AD and their caregivers. When started early in the disease process, music therapy is a nonpharmacological method of therapy with a history of success in patients with AD. Music therapy involves the clinical use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals through a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional specially trained in specific interventions. This therapeutic modality uses a variety of interventions that have demonstrated improvement in cognition, especially in autobiographical and episodic memories, psychomotor speed, orientation, and executive function (Fang et al., 2017).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors


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Course Expires:

October 12, 2020

  • Caroline Young, MPH
  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.