The use of feeding tubes in patients with dementia has decreased in part because of research from Dr. Susan Mitchell and her team at the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR), who found more harm than good often came from using feeding tubes in advanced dementia patients. Her findings are detailed here, in The New Old Age for The New York Times.
Everyone responds instinctively to music. A person’s ability to engage in music often remains intact far into the advanced stages of dementia. Music triggers certain networks of the brain that benefit people suffering from difficulties with language, cognition, or motor control.