Setting A Mood with Music
You can use music to attempt to trigger a particular mood. For example, uptempo music may encourage movement while slower songs can have a calming effect. Linked with daily activities and patterns, properly selected background music can guide behaviors and responses.
Unfamiliar music can also play a vital role in music therapy. New tunes can be used to develop positive responses, such as improved sleep and stress management. Music can also be used during exercise and physical therapy sessions to help promote balance and concentration.
People with advanced dementia often become frustrated or overwhelmed by environmental stimuli and/or their inability to communicate. Gentle music can help reduce their agitation and refocus their behaviors into positive activity.
Even in the later stages of dementia when all other human interactions fail, older adults can still often connect with music. Listening to music together, meanwhile, offers vital opportunities for connection between caregivers and patients.
Music therapy has been used for centuries to deal with stress and promote a general sense of well-being. Incorporating music into the life of your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, can help him/her experience its many significant benefits.