Seeing is Believing
I was amazed observing dementia patients react physically and emotionally to these songs of yesterday.
Even those who didn’t talk, came alive when hearing these melodies, reaching into their memory and recalling the words.
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 – $7.95