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How to Use Music Therapy as Treatment for Dementia | Qualicare Vaughan

How to Use Music Therapy as Treatment for Dementia | Qualicare Vaughan

Unfortunately, to date, there is still no none cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, our in-home care providers at Qualicare – Vaughan wants you to know there are still therapy methods out there that can help to improve the cognitive function in your loved one like music therapy.

Never Underestimate the Power of Music

Music is extremely powerful, especially on a person’s mind. A song can instantly evoke a wide range of emotion, from happiness and joy to love and nostalgia. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that music therapy can be impactful on a person’s brain, even if he or she suffers from dementia.

The key to music therapy is to incorporate music that will resonate with your loved one to help bring about positive emotions and memories.

Let’s look at some ways you can incorporate music therapy into your loved one’s daily routine.

First, consider singing simple songs he or she enjoyed when your loved one was little, such as “You Are My Sunshine” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” These songs are simple and can easily be sung by your loved one.

In addition, the songs can be used as a form of communication with your loved one who might be having trouble speaking due to the dementia. Just remember to use songs that bring about positive emotion and memories and not negative ones.

Second, if your loved one is able, try and attend a concert that can be memorable for both you and your loved one. Whether it is attending the local symphony, or a favorite artist of your loved ones comes into town and you can attend a concert, try and engage your loved one as much as you can in the music so he or she is able to stay connected, as well as create powerful memories in your loved one.

Finally, consider playing music for your loved one. Do you play the piano, violin, or another instrument? Playing an instrument for your loved one while he or she hums to the song can help to interact with your loved one and build new memories and a deeper connection.

Visit the Qualicare – Vaughan website today to learn how we can make a difference in the care your loved one receives, especially if he or she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.