Music can stir memories for people with dementia
We all know that listening to music can trigger memories and emotions from the past, so it’s not difficult to understand why music can play a role in helping people with dementia.
Dementia UK, reports that music can be useful to communicate and engage with people, pointing to research that music can, in some cases, “improve general attention, cognition, memory, speech and communication skills”. It says music can also help to reduce agitation and depression for some people and even have other beneficial effects, such as helping to reduce the heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety.
It suggests that music can be used in a variety of ways from listening, or singing along, to favourite pieces of music, listening to music through headphones, singing in a group or choir, playing instruments, or even listening to a live performance.
Dementia UK advises:
- selecting music that the person likes, by either asking them or close family and friends
- watching how the person reacts: if they seem uncomfortable, try something different
- using the music to interact, listening, or singing together and holding hands and tapping to the rhythm
- using photographs alongside the music can help the person
- to reminisce and share memories of their family or friends
Nobilis understands that caring for someone extends beyond simply cooking them a meal, administering medicines, or helping them with personal care. Our carers often become like one of the family, taking time for a cuppa, a chat or of course, listening to some music together.
Studies have shown that those affected by dementia can benefit greatly from the familiarity of living at home. And we have found this is certainly the case with our clients, with our personalised care ensuring you or a loved one is able to remain at home safely for as long as possible.
For more information about our specialist care for people with dementia, call us on 03333 444880 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.