Perhaps Julie Andrews had a point when she sang, The hills were alive with the sound of music!
It seems music can be a powerful tool, and one that can certainly move mountains. But how can it “move mountains” for older adults?
Our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare North York wants to help you understand the power of music and how it can play an important role in a loved one's life, especially as he or she ages.
First, you want to make sure you are picking out songs that resonate the most from your loved one's childhood. Do you ever hear a song play on the radio that takes you back to a time that you barely remembered until the song came on? The same goes true for music with our elderly loved ones.
However, you need to try and figure out the songs that are most familiar so that they can bring back not only positive memories but also make your loved one want to get up and move.
Second, when you start discovering the type of music your loved one likes, try to make a playlist of favorite songs so that he or she can listen to it on a daily basis.
You can also use this playlist as a way to bond with your loved one. While he or she might not be able to do as much physically as earlier in life, music can bring together loved ones in a way that brings about new memories.
You can sing together, dance together and everything in between.
Finally, music can be a wonderful way to bring about communication and social times into your loved one's day. As we get older, it can be extremely easy to fall into the trap of isolation. However, with music, your loved ones might be more likely to be around social gatherings of people where music is involved.
Are you looking for extra care for your loved one? Contact the in-home care providers at Qualicare North York today to learn how we can help!