Music and Massage Help Reduce Agitated Behavior

University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) nursing students present: Evidence Based Strategies to Improve Agitated Behavior in Dementia Patients to a group of 30 staff members at Heritage of Bel Air.

The students and Director of Nursing, Cathleen Handke, came to the conclusion that a project that researched music and massage to help reduce behaviors would benefit Heritage of Bel Air’s Memory Support Household.

Siting multiple resources and research findings this project recommends: hand massage for immediate and short-term reduction of agitated behavior; foot massage for longer lasting benefits, and routine music therapy. All studies and information were given to the facility for staff and family resources.

Those presenting were Danielle Bower, Leann Cayler, Betsi Hinkle, Kendra Lammers, Ashley Moeller, Katie Palik and Meg Segar.