Dementia is a major healthcare burden, and thus far there is no known cure. The negative impact of dementia has been widely studied: psychological, behavioral and physical symptoms decrease the quality of life of both people with dementia and their caregivers. Since most people with dementia live at home with the help of a caregiver for as long as possible, community-based interventions are highly needed.
This randomized controlled trial assesses the effects of a personalized music listening intervention on neuropsychiatric symptoms in home living people with dementia. Secondary objectives are to study the effects of listening to individualized music on mood, quality of life, daily physical functioning and functional functioning in people with dementia.
Cost-effectiveness will be assessed through monitoring the use of drugs and the use of respite care or admission to a nursing home. Furthermore, we will study the effects on distress and physical health in the caregiver.