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Music Therapy and Older Adults | Qualicare Calgary

Music Therapy and Older Adults | Qualicare Calgary

No matter what our age, music can play a powerful role in our lives. There will always be certain songs we carry with us as we go throughout life. 

You probably remember the song you played at your wedding—or songs that were popular when you were in high school, for example.

Have you ever thought about how music impacts our health? Our team at Qualicare – Calgary would like to share some information about the impact music therapy can make on those with dementia, in particular.

For the Love of Music

Those who have dementia often experience depression, anxiety or increased agitationas the effects of the disease take hold.

But music therapy has been shown to help them combat those effects and manage mood fluctuations as a whole.

Music therapy can also help to improve or maintain the cognitive skills of older adults. Particularly in people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, music therapy can help them maintain memoriesthey might otherwise lose due to dementia.

Music therapy can also help those with dementia communicate with their loved ones in a way that lets them know how they’re feeling. It can help to evoke positive memories and experiences in your loved one and help him or her feel a better sense of being, which is something that can be lost with a dementia diagnosis.

Take time this week to play some songs from your loved one’s past and see if it can spark happiness in your loved one.

To learn more about the qualified care our in-home care providers can offer your loved one with dementia, visit Qualicare – Calgarytoday. We provide services that care for older adults andthat support their caregivers and other family members, too.