Discover the Benefits of Music Therapy for Dementia Patients

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Discover the Benefits of Music Therapy for Dementia Patients



Home Care in Trumbull, CT – Music has the Ability to Slow the Effects of Alzheimer's on the Short-Term Memory

Home Care in Trumbull, CTListening to music has been linked to improved health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, for many years. Music offers a relaxing effect to listeners depending on what type of music they prefer and often lowers stress levels while calming the mind. Surprisingly, patients suffering from dementia are benefiting from improvements in their condition through music as well, with reports of memory improvement, mood improvements, and less pain.

Dementia patients involved in music therapy are experiencing a fun way to trigger memories through sound and songs. Music therapy offered to dementia patients may be on an individual basis or in a group setting, depending on the patient’s specific needs, although music therapy in a group setting offers an added benefit to those dementia patients who feel isolated, as this offers opportunities to socialize with other patients.

Music Therapy at Home

Caregivers can incorporate techniques learned in music therapy group sessions in order to continue working with dementia patients at home. Listen to songs that ignite memories and create a play list of songs including favorite songs, songs to trigger memories, and songsto calm and relax. Make note of songs which triggered good memories and the effect those songs had on the patient.Bring your notes with you to the next group session, if allowed. It is recommended to keep sessions short – never over thirty minutesto prevent fatigue.

If you think your parent could benefit from using music to improve their mental health, then look into local programs and senior communities who can help. It’s also a good idea to hire home care during this time. An in-home care provider can come to your senior’s home to help them dress, prepare food, and remind them of appointments. Most elderly people may also need help with managing medications and doing errands such as driving to shop for groceries. Depending on your senior’s mobility and situation, they could really benefit from a trained caregiver.

How Music Therapy Works

Alzheimer’s, considered the worst form of dementia, causes severe brain deterioration. Music therapy in dementia patients is believed to trigger memories of past events, or of meaningful events in the patient’s life. When patients hear certain songs, they will respond to them by movement, facial expressions, or emotion, even when they are in advanced stages of dementia. Patients responding to music therapy have improved cognitive ability, improved depression and anxiety symptoms, and improved movement. In severe cases of dementia where the part of the brain controlling speech is damaged, patients with speech deficits receiving music therapy were able to regain speech and improve memory.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Trumbull, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.

Jay Kiley
Jay Kiley

Jay Kiley has spent well over 30 years providing world class customer service to clients around the world. Whether it was during his career in banking as a senior officer with Fortune 500 companies or working with some of the wealthiest people in the world with the Superyacht Rigging Company he owned with his brother; customer service was and is first and foremost.

As the Regional Developer of SYNERGY HomeCare in Connecticut Kiley again puts the customer’s needs first. Working with the  five SYNERGY HomeCare Connecticut offices, Danbury, Bristol, Stamford, East Haven and Fairfield, which he owns with his wife ,Laurie, he has lead the SYNERGY CareTeam to tremendous growth and continued success. Knowing firsthand how health, aging and memory care issues can take a toll on a family, he is a very hands-on owner. He makes his cell phone available to all clients and their families providing more than just care, Kiley provides solutions to his client’s care needs and peace of mind to their family. 

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