“Music can be powerful. Studies have shown music may reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues that are common in the middle-stages of the disease. Even in the late-stages of Alzheimer's, a person may be able to tap a beat or sing lyrics to a song from childhood. Music provides a way to connect, even after verbal communication has become difficult.” www.alz.org
Music is a great way to connect as a caregiver to your loved one as they progress through the different stages of Dementia. Many caregivers feel as though they lose the connection piece because their loved one cannot understand them or carry on a conversation like they used to.
Some tips we have come across:
Music that was popular when your loved one was between the ages of 18 and 25 may be the best choice. Experts say this period of life is when we typically develop our musical tastes.
Monitor your loved one’s reactions to songs, being ready to turn off music that elicits an upset response and return to pieces that make them happy.
Consider the mood you’re going for, and save certain kinds of songs for certain activities. Calmer, more soothing tunes can help during routine activities like eating and cleaning. More upbeat music is helpful for moving around (like while walking for exercise) and boosting mood. If your loved one is up to it, encourage clapping, tapping feet, and maybe even dancing
In the spirit of bringing loved ones together, we have put together a playlist to get you started! You can find it here.
Tea & Toast specializes in assisting families who are looking for retirement living for their loved one. Did you know that many homes have programing designed for seniors who have Dementia? If you are looking into retirement living for a love one, call us and start the conversation!