Music is known as a great form of therapy for those living with dementia. From listening to it, playing it and even dancing to it, surrounding yourself with music can bring on happy memories, even for those suffering with dementia.
Another way to connect with a loved one who has dementia is to create a playlist for them of their favorite music. This technique will help bring on good memories and help them immerse in the music with a personal touch.
Music can help people remember memories more clearly. Usually, the music people listen to in between the ages of 10 and 30 will heavily impact their life and create lasting memories. Try to include songs from this time of their life.
There are a few different ways for you to figure out which music will spark happy memories. First, you can always just ask when they are having a good day. They may remember some songs that they enjoyed. Or, look for clues. Try to look back at photos or other things they have saved to try and figure out the type of music they used to like.
Take the time to sit with them and enjoy the playlist together. Listen to what they have to say and their memories that are associated with the music. You can even help them start a journal where they can jot down these memories and go back to reflect on them. Enjoying a music playlist together can create a special bond and help your loved one with dementia get out of their shell and talk, dance and sing!
Unfortunately, there really isn’t an easy way for older people with dementia to access music. But you can help with that! Offer to create a playlist on a CD or a MP3 player, some convenient and easy way for them to be able to work it and listen to the music any time that they want!
How Can Smart Brain Aging Help?
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