According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 47 million people worldwide are living with some type of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The effects of the disease can feel devastating.
That’s why our team of our in-home care providers at Qualicare – Southwest Indiana wants you to know about the benefits of music therapy for those who have dementia.
The Power of Music Therapy
You’ve probably heard about how physical therapy can help older adults move their once youthful joints and how speech therapy can be used to improve communication and swallowing skills in older adults. But have you ever considered musictherapy?
Music therapy can be a wonderfultool in helping to reduce the 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 stir up memories in the brain that might have once been lost. Whether it’s a song from childhood or an artist the person always used to listen to, music can help to bring about positive changes in a loved one with dementia.
For example, music can help 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 manage a loved one’s stress level, which can fluctuate as the effects of dementia take over.
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 tunes, music therapy can make a world of difference.
Our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare – Southwest Indianacan help take care of your loved one with dementia, but also support your entire family as a whole. Contact us today to learn more about our Alzheimer’s care services.