People affected by dementia can experience sudden and unexpected mood changes, often triggered by the environment, noise, or any combination of causes. Yet, inside is a person who is perhaps struggling to be heard, listened to, or even trying to explain what they feel is going on inside their head. Musical stimuli can provide people with dementia with opportunities for cognitive and memory stimulation, emotional expression, movement and speech. Research has shown that musical awareness is preserved when other cognitive functions fail. Individualised music therapy care plans can be used to maintain or improve a person’s physical, mental, cognitive and psychological functions.
Music Therapy is proven to:
Reduce agitation and promote positive changes in mood and emotional states
Stimulate the mind through reminiscence and creative self-expression, which helps to improve quality of life
Increase awareness of self and the environment
Help with reality orientation (time, place, person recognition)
Aid attention and memory recall through singing familiar songs
Promote relaxation and stress management
Enhance social interaction and provide a sense of belonging
Provide an additional means of communication when the ability to talk and understand language is gone
Provide the client with a sense of control through the opportunity to engage in choice making
Provide sensory stimulation to encourage a response
Increase motivation and engagement during physical exercises.
Contact us today to find out more about how individualised music therapy treatment plans can help those in your care.