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How to Use Music Therapy for Those With Dementia | Qualicare Vaughan

How to Use Music Therapy for Those With Dementia | Qualicare Vaughan

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affecting millions of people worldwide. And while researchers are working diligently, there’s no known cure at this point. 

But there are steps you can take to help limit the effects of the disease and maintain quality of life. Our team at Qualicare – Vaughan wants to share a bit about the benefits of 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 songshe or she enjoyed at a young age, such as “You Are My Sunshine” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” These songs are simple and can easily be sung by your loved one.

Songs can also be used as a form of communication with your loved one who might be having trouble speaking or remembering words. Just remember to use songs that bring about positive emotion and memories and not negative ones.

Second, attend a musical event together, if you’re able. Whether it’s the local symphony or a concert by a favorite artist, try and engage your loved one as much as you can in the music so he or she is able to stay connected.

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 along can help you to interact with your loved one and build new memories and a deeper connection.

Visit the Qualicare – Vaughan websitetoday 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.