Music can help a person in a number of ways, especially those with dementia. From playing an instrument to listening to tunes to even engaging with the music, it all has benefits to dementia suffering patients.
Learning to plan an instrument increases brain activity, provides new and novel learning and can be used as a form of therapy. Already play an instrument? Try to learn new songs and challenge yourself!
Music is very powerful and can spark memories and feelings. Playing and listening to music can also improve one’s mood and even help with managing stress. By playing an instrument, it helps a person coordinate motor movements and promote cognitive functions. Engaging in music can also help associate memories and emotions.
Many times, using music as therapy shows positive effects and people with dementia create a strong connection with the music. Always observe how music impacts a person, you never want negative outcomes, just positive ones.
Another way to use music is to help comfort and relax patients. Lullabies are soothing for bedtime and sedative music can help calm agitation that often occurs due to the frustration of dementia. On top of being used a calming mechanism, music can also stimulate a person’s mood. Childhood songs encourages engagement and movement by singing, dancing or even talking about the memories the songs bring.
Music also can help people open up more about their thoughts and emotions. Some songs encourage them to sing, while others encourage them to get up and dance. Plus, it could boost their curiosity causing them to join a dance class or attend concerts. Socializing in a comfortable way is important for dementia patients and music can be the perfect way to boost interaction.
You can sing, dance, play music or just listen to it to get the benefits of music. It is a great tool to be used as therapy with dementia patients because it provides good memories. It is also a way to get the brain and body active!
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