Even those who didn’t talk, came alive when hearing these melodies.
Listening to their voices, seeing their hands clap and feet tapping definitely put a smile on my face. One gentleman in a wheelchair was dancing with the activities assistant.
How and Why does music have this effect?
Music triggers cognitive functions such as: thinking, feeling, sensing and intuition, plus coordinate motor movements.
• The ability to engage in music, particularly rhythm playing and singing, remains intact late into Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia.
• This happens because rhythmic and other well-rehearsed responses require little to no cognitive or mental processing.
• Dementia patients are influenced by the motor center of their brain that responds directly to auditory rhythmic cues.
• Music can shift moods, reduce stress and agitation in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Music for Dementia Patients – Songs of Yesterday CD – from 40’s, 50’s, 60’s – $6.00