It never fails. You hear a song on the radio, and it brings you back to a time period you thought you forgot. If a song can bring about so much emotion for you, our in-home care providers at Qualicare – Newmarket want you to consider what music therapy can do for your loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
What’s Your Loved One’s Favorite Music?
The preference of music style is unique for everyone, as each generation grew up in a different musical era. Therefore, what music style that could evoke emotion in you might not bring about emotion in your loved one.
As a result, you want to make sure when using music therapy to help trigger certain responses in your loved one with dementia that you are using music from his or her most influential years, which is usually around late teens and early twenties.
However, music therapy doesn’t have to only come in the form of listening to a CD in a compact disc player. Rather, if your loved one can get out of the house, try taking him or her to a concert by one of your loved one’s favorite musical artists. Or, consider taking your loved one dancing if he or she enjoys that particularly type of music. Plus, dancing is a wonderful form of cardio exercise, which any person can benefit from partaking in on a weekly basis.
But, make sure you are watching the reaction you are receiving from your loved one when listening to certain types of artists and/or songs. While music is a wonderful way to bring about happiness in your loved one, anger and sadness are also emotions that can be triggered when listening to music.
As a result, you will want to make sure to leave out those songs during music therapy sessions with your loved one suffering from dementia.
Are you interested in learning more about how music therapy can play a role in your loved one’s life? Contact our in-home care providers at Qualicare – Newmarketto learn more about the services we provide for elderly loved ones living with dementia.