Efficacy of Music Therapy in Treatment for the Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease

H. Fukui,1 A. Arai,2 and K. Toyoshima1
1Department of Education, Nara University of Education, Takabatake, Nara 630-8528, Japan
2Ongakunomori Nonprofit Organization, 1-12 Kobocho, Saidaiji, Nara 631-0827, Japan
Received 5 July 2012; Revised 21 August 2012; Accepted 26 August 2012
Academic Editor: Hiroyuki Umegaki
Copyright © 2012 H. Fukui et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We report that music therapy is effective in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. We found that the secretion of 17-estradiol and testosterone, hormones that are supposed to have preventive effects on Alzheimer’s disease, is significantly increased by music therapy. During the sessions, patients with Alzheimer’s disease were allowed to listen to music and songs with verbal contact from the therapist. It was found that problematic behaviors such as poriomania (fugue) had decreased. Music therapy has the potential as an alternative treatment for adverse hormone replacement therapy.