It never fails. You hear a song on the radio, and it brings you back to a time period you hadn’t thought about for ages.
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?
Preference about music style is uniquefor everyone, as each generation grew up in a different musical era. Therefore, the type of music that evokes emotion in you might not bring about emotion in your loved one.
That’s why when you’re using music therapy to help trigger certain responsesin your loved one with dementia that you choose music that’s meaningful to him or her.
However, music therapy doesn’t have to only come in the form of listening to the radio or a CD. If your loved one can get out of the house, try taking him or her to a concert or symphony.
Or consider taking your loved one dancing to allow him or her to enjoy the music and activity all in one. Plus, dancing is a wonderful form of cardio exercise, which benefits everyone.
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 older adults living with dementia.