Living with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia can be extremely frustrating for both your loved one and yourself. However, our team at Qualicare wants you to consider one type of therapy that could help bring relaxation to both you and your loved one diagnosed with dementia—music therapy.
And the Beat Goes On
Remember those stressful moments in your life where everything was just hitting you at once and you had nowhere to turn? All that seemed to fix it was locking yourself in a room and turning on the music—then all the stress would go away?
Music has the wonderful ability to help turn a stressful situation into a more calming event. It also has the power to help evoke memories in our loved ones, even those who are have Alzheimer’s disease.
It’s also been shown to relieve the anxiety, depression and agitation common among those with dementia.
When incorporating music therapy into your loved one’s life, it can be as simple as you want it to be. There really is no right or wrong way.
For starters, take breaks throughout the day where you and your loved one listen to some of his or her favorite music from earlier in life. You want the music to resonate with your loved one and take him or her back to happier times.
While the music is playing, sing or hum together with the music. Also, if able, get up and dance! Not only will the music be therapeutic, but the dancing will be a great cardio workout for both you and your loved one.
If your loved one is able to get out of the house, try taking him or her to see a concert. Or attend a local symphony to where you both can enjoy quality time together while making memories through music!
Want to learn more about how our in-home care providers can specifically help patients with dementia? Visit the Qualicare website today to learn how our quality care can make a difference.