Wondering if music can help someone with Alzheimer’s? While certain areas of the brain experience memory loss and impairment, studies have shown that the memory of music generally remains unharmed in patients. So playing music is often something they will remember, even if they’ve forgotten the names and faces of loved ones. Listening to music can also help to improve mood, reduce agitation, and alleviate anxiety and depression, no matter what stage of the disease a patient is in. Here are some ways to use music to benefit your loved one.
Music is a powerful tool that can instantly uplift our spirits and make us feel happier. But this depends on what type of music is being played, of course. Before you put on some music for your family member, think about what they enjoy listening to. What artist, genre or songs did they use to listen to years ago? If you’re unsure, ask other relatives or friends who might know the answer. Then make a playlist based on that.
Remember to have a variety of different music for different purposes. Try to stick with soft and soothing music during morning routines, bath time or other moments when you want them to feel calm and at ease. When you want to boost their mood and liven their spirits, play upbeat music to help put a smile on their face and encourage them to tap along. Creating separate playlists for different activities can make it much easier to switch it on in an instant before you get started with a particular activity.
Singing is a fun way to bond with your loved one and enjoy a few happy moments together. Some research has even shown that singing can help to rekindle and stimulate memories.
Sitting for hours each day isn’t good for their physical or mental health. Dancing is an excellent way to encourage your loved on to get up and move around. Even if they tap or dance in their chair, that’s a great start.
If you’re playing music and the TV is on at the same time, this can be overstimulating, which can cause irritation and confusion. Avoid competing sounds and turn one thing off when you switch on another.
When you’re playing certain songs, look for cues to see what they enjoy the most. If they smile and tap along with a few particular songs, play those more often than ones where they are less reactive.
Taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be a challenging process for anyone. When it’s time to reach out for help, contact our caring and experienced team of professionals at C-Care Health Services. Our dedicated staff can provide all the extra support at home when you can’t be there. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services.
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