Experience has shown that listening to music can provide emotional and behavioral benefits for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Music can also benefit caregivers by reducing anxiety and distress, lightening the mood and providing a way to connect with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s disease — especially those who have difficulty communicating.
If you’d like to use music to help a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease, Alzheimer’s Music Connect suggests considering the following tips:
• Think about your loved one’s preferences. What kind of music does your loved one enjoy? What music evokes memories of happy times in his or her life? • Set the mood. To calm your loved one during mealtime or a morning hygiene routine, play music that’s soothing. When you’d like to boost your loved one’s mood, use more upbeat or faster paced music. • Avoid overstimulation. When playing music, eliminate competing noises. Turn off the TV. Shut the door. Set the volume based on your loved one’s hearing ability. • Encourage movement. Help your loved one to clap along or tap his or her feet to the beat. If possible, consider dancing with your loved one. • Sing along. Singing along to music together with your loved one can boost the mood and enhance your relationship. Studies suggest musical memory functions differently than other types of memory, and listening can help stimulate unique memories. • Pay attention to your loved one’s response. If your loved one seems to enjoy particular songs, play them often. If your loved one reacts negatively to a particular song or type of music, choose something else.
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