More mu­sic can ease de­men­tia

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MU­SIC and dance ther­apy should be pre­scribed to more de­men­tia pa­tients to stop them be­ing ‘over-med­i­calised’, the Health Sec­re­tary has said.

De­spite ev­i­dence that mu­sic can ease symp­toms and pro­mote calm, Matt Han­cock said such ther­a­pies have yet to be widely adopted across Eng­land.

Mr Han­cock, who sug­gested doc­tors are too quick to ‘dish out pills’, said lo­cal ar­eas should con­sider pre­scrib­ing per­sonal playlists or danc­ing for suf­fer­ers.

Mu­sic ther­apy does not slow de­men­tia, but it is play­ing an in­creas­ing role in help­ing peo­ple to cope with the emo­tional and cog­ni­tive ef­fects of the disease. It is rec­om­mended that it is used in ad­di­tion to, and not in­stead of, con­ven­tional medicine.

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