What Role does Music Play in Alzheimer’s Care?

By Pete Lane, 5:40 pm on

Music has long been a popular source of entertainment that is known to promote relaxation and stress-relief. Today, evidence gathered from research is also starting to show that music can enhance Alzheimer’s care by stimulating a person’s cognition and memory. Not only is music a wonderful way to help loved one’s with Alzheimer’s recall favorite memories, but families can also use music to provide opportunities for social interaction.

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  • Use Music to Ease Transitions – Alzheimer’s patients in the later stages of the disease often rely upon familiar routines to understand what will happen next. Families and caregivers can play a song to provide a cue that a transition is about to occur. For example, playing a favorite song just before it is time to prepare for bed can help an Alzheimer’s patient relax during the transition.
  • Create a Familiar Playlist – One of the most amazing things about music is that rhythm enhances the brain’s ability to recall memories and information. For Alzheimer’s patients, a favorite song from their past can stimulate a cherished memory or generate a soothing emotion. Creating a playlist comprised of a person’s favorite songs can also provide them with a sense of control when they are able to turn on the music and choose which song they prefer.
  • Encourage Interaction with Songs – For many Alzheimer’s patients, communication can be challenging; however, listening to music and incorporating movements can allow them to interact with their loved ones without the stress of finding the right words to say. When spending time with an Alzheimer’s patient, families can play music together and encourage their loved one to tap their feet, move their arms or sway to the beat. The positive emotions generated during the social interaction can also boost their cognitive functioning while promoting stronger relationships within the family.

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