Replacing drugs with music enhances lives of seniors
In Alberta Canada, a new program has been enacted in 11 long-term care homes to provide music, exercise, and art as alternatives to antipsychotic drugs. . This is a pilot program that the creators hope to roll out to all 164 long-term care homes in Alberta by 2015. The team created a tool kit to “help staff work with residents who might benefit from no longer using an antipsychotic.” So far, the program has seen success: of the 250 residents in the pilot program, 35 percent are no longer using the drugs in question.
Calgary Herald, January 31, 2014