Music Therapy in Alzheimer’s and Dementia

By: ADA Extended Home Care, Jan 30, 2020
Home Care Services, Home Care Services in Toronto Ontario, Alzheimer’s and Dementia,

Effect of music with people who have Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Many of you have either heard of or seen the incredible effects that music can have on people with dementia. Music therapy is an intervention that involves using music as a tool in helping patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia in their daily lives. Music in general reduces anxiety and stress while increasing attention, motivation, and focus. Music therapy cannot deter the progression of Alzheimer’s and dementia but may reduce depression and lead to lessened agitation, increased sociability, increased movement, and cognitive ability;

How the brain and body process music remains mysterious. Our brains are emotionally stimulated to become more aware when we hear the music we love the most, especially the music we hear between the ages of 13 and 25.

Music memory is remarkably preserved in Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients until quite late in the progression of the disease. Once the auditory cortex area of the brain is stimulated, other parts of the brain related to long-term memory and emotions start firing, as well. Music therapy is highly beneficial for cognitive function, emotional well-being, and social engagement. So we see people who have not spoken in years begin to sing songs that they knew in their early teens and early adulthood. There are two types of music therapy: “Receptive music therapy” and “Active music therapy’

Active music therapy

engages your loved one in the singing or playing of instrumental music. It has immediate physical benefits. For example. Let’s say a person doesn’t use their hands to pick up things very much any more. Engage them in a drumming circle for a while, and in the process of hitting the drum they can maintain the strength of holding a fork.

Receptive music therapy

involves listening to recorded or live music from your loved one’s youth, from 13-25 years old. Family caregivers can download music, and save it on a tablet, Ipod.. or download the app Spark Memories Radio that will give you a playlist of songs by entering date of birth of your loved one.

Home Care Services in Toronto, Ontario

ADA Extended Home Care provides senior care, home care assistance, in-home nursing for senior home care and health care for seniors with various conditions. There are also other services for elderly care such as Alzheimer’s & dementia care, stroke care, Parkinson’s care and post-hospital care.

Caregivers for seniors, Senior Home Care

ADA Extended Home Care is committed to providing quality home care for elderly and home help for seniors through caregiving services. We have a responsive and caring staff to make sure that quality home care services are given to our clients. We make sure our caregivers match with our clients by doing proper screenings to give the best senior care specific to each individual client.

Aside from the senior care and home health care services, our caregivers are also trained to provide other complementary services to make home care assistance for seniors a comfortable and pleasing one. Caregivers can also provide music therapy, passive range motion Exercise, and art appreciation for their elderly patients.

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