Any patient can benefit from LTM. Sessions are structure based on the CMPs assessment of the patient’s condition at the time of the session rather than on a diagnosis. Music played for a patient who is alert and oriented will differ from music played for the same patient if unresponsive. As a patient’s condition changes, the music is modified to meed the immediate needs of the patient.
Clinical research now reveals the LTM can actually slow some initial effects of dementia, allowing the patient to remain or become more oriented and responsive.
LTM is often helpful in mitigating the effects of Terminal Agitation, a condition that sometimes occurs at the end of life, when patients do not respond to pain or sedation medications. These “Threshold Music” sessions allow patients to transition more peacefully and are often as beneficial for the family memebers as they are for the patient.