Music and Dementia
Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia continue to plague seniors across America. As dementia progresses many develop behaviors ranging from emotional outbursts, increased agitation, frustration to depression, and anxiety. In long-term care communities, behavior modification tools can be used to ease symptoms, duration, or intensity of episodes. One of the most effective tools found to help is music. Musical memories are often preserved because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease. Caring Places Management has developed a "Brain Music" program tailored to memory care residents.
Caring Places use music daily whether enjoying musical performers, sing-along, dance or in other activities. Typically, performers or music during large group activity does not engage residents on a personal level. Our Brain Music program works to make the music selection very personal. We curate individual playlists for each resident. It is incredible to witness non-verbal residents come to life when their favorite tune.
The right music at the right time can speak to us like nothing else can. The music triggers emotion and memory and uses different parts of the brain than other functions, like speech, movement, it can transform a resident's quality of life and ease the effects of many physical and cognitive impairments.
If you or a loved one are struggling with dementia and living at home is no longer an option, you need a Caring Place. Visit us online to find your nearest community at www.CaringPlaces.com.
River Terrace Memory Care
950 South End Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
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