According to the Alzheimer's Worldwide Alzheimer's Statistics, there are more than 44 million people worldwide who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. As a result, our in-home care providers at Qualicare – Southwest Indiana wants you to know about a certain type of therapy that could help improve the cognitive skills in your loved one if he or she is diagnosed with dementia – music therapy.
The Power of Music Therapy
When we grow older, we might understand how we will one day need physical therapy to help move our once youthful joints and speech therapy to help decrease our risk of experiencing swallowing issues, which is especially important when needing to take medications.
However, one type of therapy that is commonly overlooked but extremely influential is music therapy.
Music therapy can be a wonderful tool in helping to reduce risk of depression and anxiety among the elderly population, particularly people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
While dementia tries to tear down a person’s memory, music therapy can help to bring about memories in the brain that might have once been lost. Whether it is a song from childhood or an artist the person always used to listen to, music can help to make positive changes in a loved one with dementia.
For example, music can help to connect an Alzheimer’s patient with family members when they have found it difficult to communicate due to their disease.
In addition, music can help to manage a loved one’s stress level, which can take a quick spike when forgetfulness and feeling lost occurs because of dementia.
Therefore, take time to make room for music therapy in your loved one’s daily life. From singing a favorite song to dancing in the living room to your loved one’s favorite tune, music therapy can make a world of difference in your loved one.
Our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare – Southwest Indiana can help take care of not only your loved one with dementia, but also your entire family as a whole. Contact us today to learn more about our Alzheimer’s care services for both you and your loved one.