A Different Approach to Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Music has an interesting way of connecting with people when it seems nothing else can. The rambunctious children in the classroom settle down at the sound of a soothing song. The person who has autism and cannot fully function in many roles is a excellent pianist. And for the person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, music can take them to a place where they once knew and loved.
Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers at Home Care Assistance Grand Rapids know this and have rejoiced over the ability to bring back positive memories and moods for their clients.The responses have been staggering as caregivers have seen positive mood changes and an increase in emotional connection. The music that is most effective are the songs that come from young adulthood. More specifically, the response is shown to be the strongest when the music comes from when that person was 18-25 years of age.
Our loved ones are able to connect with music despite being affected by these diseases because responding to rhythms actually requires little to no cognitive and mental processing. The ability to engage in music lasts into the late stages of the disease and can continue to bring happy memories and joy to those suffering.
Home Care Assistance Grand Rapids partners with clients and their families to find the music that the patient responds to most. We experiment with the various types of music they were interested in in the past and find what they respond best to. We utilize different beats and tempos to evoke different moods and encourage the use of music in active lifestyles that include walking and dancing.
For more information about music therapy for you or your loved one, visit Home Care Assistance or call (616) 243-0837.