Why Music Therapy Works for Seniors with Alzheimer’s and DementiaDecember 1, 2018
Can music therapy be a healthy substitute for medication when treating Alzheimer’s? Research suggests that it serves as an effective remedy for reducing depression, diminishing agitation, increasing sociability, improving cognitive ability, and decreasing problem behaviors, according to the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. One certified music therapist, Concetta Tomaino, DA, tested music therapy on one of her clients. She sang an old Yiddish song to an elderly gentleman and said, “You could tell by his face that he was watching. Whenever I got a chance, I played a song this song to him and sang to him. Within a month of doing this, he was making an attempt to speak, and he eventually started singing the song himself. He also started talking again. He continued talking and lived for many years after that.”
Why Music Therapy Works
Though scientists are still grasping to understand the connection between the brain and music, there is no doubt that music therapy abounds in positive effects on seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Here’s why it works:
- Music is processed in almost every part of the brain
- Music carries a strong connection to personal significance or historical events
- Scientists discovered a strong link between the auditory cortex and limbic system where emotions are processed
- The limbic system triggers long-term memories associated with the song
- Emotions evoke desire to sing along. The more effort the senior puts into singing, the better he gets at regaining his speech
- Dancing with your elderly loved one allows you to connect with the person you once knew before Alzheimer’s took over
Music Therapy in the Comfort of Your Home
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