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Implications for nursing practice
■ Music listening may engage and stimulate older adults and increase interest in activities.
■ Music listening may increase relaxation and reduce feelings of anxiety in older adults.
■ Music listening may increase physical as well as mental functioning in older adults.
■ Music listening is a non-invasive safe way that may improve the quality of life in older adults.
■ Patient musical preference plays a role in the ability of music to improve quality of life.
Implications for nursing research
■ Music listening should be studied with a larger sample of older adults and in those of different cultures.
■ Studies that use music listening daily, rather than weekly, to further understand the cumulative effects of music listening on quality of …
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