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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A Musical Playlist for a Loved One with Dementia

Do you have a parent or other family member with dementia? And do you often hear them singing or humming the same tune over and over again?

There’s a reason for that.

Your loved one may be losing cognitive functioning – skills like thinking, remembering and reasoning. But studies are showing they remain tied to their love of music. In fact, the research shows that people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias often can reconnect with family, friends and caregivers through music.

One organization that is working to provide music programs to facilitate that care for people with Alzheimer’s across North America is Music and Memory. Locally at Al’z Place, music is a significant part of the daily program.

And the program is working. Participants are often happier and more social, making for a calmer, more supportive environment.

This music therapy does not have to be limited to care centers. Family caregivers can easily create a personalized music playlist for their loved one. It is suggested that, as you create the list, you look for reactions to the music. If the reaction is unsettling, remove it from the playlist.

A music playlist can do two things – make for a more comfortable living atmosphere and create a bond between those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.



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