“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything”, said the Greek philosopher Plato over 2,400 years ago. Since then, science has proven that music is beneficial in many ways like improving memory and easing pain. Not surprisingly, music can also help people with dementia. Here’s what science has to say about it:
According to one study, music can improve motor function in patients with dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Even better, the effects can last for hours and days after the music stops. Singing is very stimulating for the brain, too: It can improve behavior, mood, and cognitive function in some patients. Another study found that musicians with Alzheimer disease, one of the most common symptoms of dementia, can learn how to play new tunes.
How can a combination of vocals, instruments, and melody—the simple definition of music— help people with dementia?
That’s the million-dollar question that scientists have been asking for a while.
Neuroscientists believe that music evokes emotion, and emotion evokes memories. People with Alzheimer’s disease suffer from memory loss over time, but music can help these patients improve cognitive ability and recall what they were doing while a song was playing.
You might be surprised to know that some patients with dementia have difficulty finding the right words when speaking, but they are able to recall songs and sing them almost like an average person. Very intriguing, right?
At Dementia Caring, we provide music therapy to those living with dementia. Our program can help older adults stimulate their minds, connect to past memories, and improve communication. Do you want to know more about our services? Contact us through our website or by calling us at 1300 792 691 to arrange a free needs assessment.