How Music Therapy Can Help Alzheimer's Patients
Alzheimer's Disease has no cure. Focusing on the quality of life for patients is critical. Music therapy can benefit Alzheimer's patients in a variety of ways, especially in the late stages of the disease.
"Simply put, music can heal people." – Sen. Harry Reid
Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. Music therapy provides avenues for communication for patients who have a hard time remembering or communicating. Music therapists often work with Alzheimer's and dementia patients, those living with autism, and even asthmatic patients to help reduce pulmonary episodes.
How can music therapy help?
1. Sparks Emotion
Listening to music can be an emotional experience for many people. When a person hears a song from their childhood or a happy time in their life, it can help them relive that experience. This sparks emotion and a memory from a person's past which can be comforting in a time where memories are fading.
2. Encourages Engagement
Music often prompts dancing and singing, which both stimulate the brain. Dancing is also great exercise, which can help slow mental deterioration. Patients who play instruments also have the opportunity to practice their skills while exercising their brains and doing something they love!
3. Reduces Stress
Alzheimer's patients often feel restless and frustrated. Music can be an important coping mechanism to help them feel calm and relaxed. Familiar music will bring patients a sense of familiarity, which can lower stress levels.
4. Recall Memories
It can be extremely upsetting when Alzheimer's patients fail to remember, not only to themselves but their loved ones as well. Listening to music from childhood can spark memories and discussions, bringing joy back to patients and their families and allowing them to relive those special moments.
At Evergreen Senior Living, we are proud to offer memory support services to seniors with Alzheimer's, dementia, and other forms of memory loss. Memory loss is difficult for those affected and their loved ones. That's why our trained caregivers are here to provide compassionate care. If you'd like to learn more about our memory care services or our senior living community, schedule a tour or call us at (309) 274-5440.