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The Effects of Music Therapy on Seniors with Dementia | Qualicare Tri Cities, BC

The Effects of Music Therapy on Seniors with Dementia | Qualicare Tri Cities, BC

We all need someone to lean on when it comes to trying to improve the quality of life for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s why our team at Qualicare – Tri Cities wants to share some information about the benefits of music therapy.

How Music Therapy Can Help

Think about how music plays a role in your daily life. Have you ever been so stressed out that you roll the windows down and turn up the volume on your favorite song? Does it immediately help to put you at ease and lower your stress level? 

Then, consider the effects music can have on your loved one, especially if he or she is living with dementia.

Let’s look at three ways music can help to improve quality of life for older adults or those living with dementia.

First, music therapy can help people with dementiahold on to memories of people and past events associated with certain songs. A song from childhood or other years past may help improve your loved one’s mood, as it can assist in helping him or her cope with the depression and anxiety that are common in those with dementia.

Second, music therapy can help to improve speech and language skillsin older loved ones with dementia. Although your loved one might not be able to speak clearly, he or she may be able to hum a favorite song.

Finally, music can also help to bring about movement in your loved one. Even if it’s just clapping or toe tapping, any movement in your loved one is movement in the right direction and helps to get the blood flowing!  

Remember, the key is to find the music that resonates the most with your loved one to help gain the most benefit.

Are you looking for a caregiver who can provide quality care for your loved one with dementia? Look no further than our in-home care provider team at Qualicare – Tri Cities