How music can help someone living with dementia
If your friend or relative is currently living with dementia, you will know all too well how important it is to try and evoke positive memories – and music is just one way to help achieve that.
We all have that song or piece of music that triggers happy memories to come flooding back. And it’s no different for those living with even the most advanced stages of dementia, music is a tool that can be used to stimulate positive interactions.
According to AgeUK, music and singing is known to be a key feature of dementia care, unlocking memories and improving mood by accessing parts of the brain that other forms of communication just can’t reach.
By playing music during everyday activities, it has the potential to help a person recall the memory of that activity, which in turn could improve cognitive ability over time. It can also lessen distress during daily routine activities such as getting dressed. Playing meaningful music, such as a song from their wedding, or something they used to sing to their children, can tap into memories and emotions.
There are so many ways that music can help a loved one with dementia, not only by helping them connect with people around them, it can help them express feelings and encourage social interaction. It can also help with physical aspects and mobility, by encouraging dance and movement.
At Fernhill House, we have specialist teams to help our residents that are currently living with dementia. We offer specifically tailored activities and the highest standards of care in a safe and comfortable environment, offering support whatever stage they are at.