J Korean Community Nurs.  2003 Mar;14(1):16-23.

Effects of a Music Therapy Program on Depression, Balance, Flexibility in the Elderly

  • 1Suwon Women's College, Korea.
  • 2Nursing Home Office of Kyung Gi Do, Korea.


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of music therapy on depression, balance, and flexibility in the elderly. An experimental group consisting of 23 people, was given music therapy for 90 minutes per a week for 6 weeks, while a control group consisting of 21 people, was not given music therapy with quasi-experimental design. RESULT: The result of the study show that music therapy is effective for decreasing depression and improving flexibility in the elderly. However, this study found no significant differences in balance between the experimental and the control groups.
Despite one part, nursing intervention of music therapy to adapt Rhythm for Life elevated the strength of the elderly's body and showed decrease in depression. Therefore the Music therapy Program improves the quality of life in the elderly.

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