The Music Connection & Dementia
Our Dementia Care Team Can Help You Find Joy
Music holds an important therapeutic quality. A song can relate to a memory, evoke emotions, and bring peace and calm to its listener. Incorporating music into your loved one’s dementia care provides an invaluable connection, no matter the stage or severity.
Music provides a direct channel to emotions and stimulates the intuitive right side of the brain. Psychological ratings have indicated the positive effects of music on anxiety, depression, and pain relief. Music can bring great joy, encourage socialization, and calm irritation. Communication and self-expression are also encouraged by music.
Those living with dementia experience a loss of independence and self-esteem. Thankfully, our caregiver agency knows how to use music therapy as a valuable tool to promote communication, singing, sitting, interaction with an instrument, and simply watching others perform. There are many different applications of music therapy throughout the stages of dementia. The following are some suggestions for use, but only you know your loved one and the music that they enjoy, so experiment and do what works!
During the early and middle stages of dementia, use your loved one’s favourite music as a reminder of certain milestones, people, places, or memories. For example, play their wedding song to evoke recollection of their spouse or spend time together while watching a musical from their childhood. Encourage participation through movement, such as dancing or clapping.
During the late stages of dementia, people typically respond only to nonverbal communication (music, sound, touch, and visual stimulation). Use music to soothe your loved one, or to connect to and communicate with them. Play their favourite tune when you’re spending time together, or put on a quiet, calming song when they’re upset.
Feel free to contact us today for more information about the music connection and dementia.