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The Therapeutic Power of Music for Seniors with Dementia

The effects of dementia can be difficult to overcome, not only for patients but for their families as well. The word itself paints a picture of a continual decline, but is it truly so hopeless? Ask The Fifth Dementia band that question and their performances will answer it clearly.

The Fifth Dementia is a band that resides in the neighboring city of Brentwood, embracing the idea that music is medicine for the mind. Bridging the generational gap with music has not only given these high school students a greater appreciation of the elders, it has provided the participating dementia patients with a creative outlet and form of expression that can improve not only their moods, but their brain function as well. And at Redondo Beach Home Care Assistance, we couldn’t be more supportive of such a great initiative!

So what exactly is the benefit of music for patients suffering from dementia? Begin with the effect that music has on mood. Most people associate music with emotion through the link of memories. The bond of music is so powerful that even listening to a song years later can evoke the emotions that were first felt at the time the piece was heard. These emotions can, in turn, clarify memories associated with the music, allowing patients living with dementia to access memories that their condition might otherwise deny them.

The benefits of music for dementia patients are not restricted merely to allowing them to access memories or express emotion through dance and rhythmical movement. Musical therapy can actually aid patients in retaining new information. A study done in 2010 demonstrated that dementia patients were able to more readily access recently learned information when it was set to music.

Musical therapy is showing to be extremely beneficial for patients suffering from dementia and more and more people are seeing that this is an approach that takes a non-medicated and personalized view of the patient’s needs. At Home Care Assistance of Redondo Beach, we share this idea and provide our clients with our own way to help manage dementia symptoms, known as the Cognitive Therapeutics Method. Similarly, our wellness program is delivered on a personalized one-to-one basis, helping to promote brain health, and feelings of self-esteem for our senior clients.

To learn more about dementia care for seniors and older adults, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We provide dementia care Redondo Beach families trust, and have a team of highly trained and compassionate dementia caregivers who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation or simply have a conversation with a friendly Care Manager by calling 310-303-2530 today.