Back to ResourcesWhen your loved one is in a memory care program, it’s understandable that you’d want to know all you can about their care. Here at the Mission at Agua Fria, we provide a well-rounded program to patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s. This includes many artistic, emotionally beneficial therapies. Read on below to see why music therapy is such a beneficial part of memory care in Peoria.
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How Does Music Therapy Benefit Memory Care Patients
When your loved one is in a memory care program, it’s understandable that you’d want to know all you can about their care.
How Memory Loss Affects Patients and Their Loved OnesMemory loss can unfortunately put a strain on relationships. These diseases make communication more difficult, which is hard for both caregivers and loved ones. These conditions also have a negative impact on people’s moods, which doesn’t help make communication any easier. Music therapy can help to keep those meaningful bonds.
Why Music Is So ImportantMost individuals have very emotional connections and significant memories attached to music. Diseases like dementia can make patients forget important information about their lives, and unable to recognize those closest to them. As studies and research have shown, the connections formed with music are so strong, they remain rooted in the brain. Music awakens the senses and stimulates certain hormones. While listening to music, patients have been shown to conjure up old memories, create an emotional response, and generally boost cognitive abilities. More of the specific areas music therapy can help with include:
- In memory care, regular music therapy can really help to boost a patient’s mood. Hearing a favorite song from childhood can be a great comfort that makes someone smile. For these reasons, music therapy is also part of many types of care, such as for those with depression and anxiety. Almost everyone has used music as a way to relax, focus, or be happier.
- Music can also bring back memories of movements. Not only that, but it encourages movement, often automatically. This was shown in a viral video of a former ballerina with Alzheimer’s dancing as she listened to Swan Lake.
- Because of these incredibly emotional connections people form with music, this therapy can greatly benefit relationships between patients and their loved ones. After all, the strong memories associated with certain meaningful tunes are often shared by family and friends.