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The Power of Music in Dementia Care

Music is fast becoming a key feature of dementia care today. As we seek non-pharmaceutical solutions to provide improved quality of life, we discover that music has a power to unlock memories and stimulate brain activity in ways that other forms of communication cannot.

Studies suggest that humans are responsive to music right up to the very end of life. It is true even in the most advanced stages of dementia, where a person may no longer know his/her own name. In an article featured on Age UK, Professor Paul Robertson (a concert violinist and academic focusing on music in dementia care) calls this a ‘case of first in, last out, when it comes to a dementia-type breakdown of memory.’ This, he explains, is because the auditory system of the brain is the first to start functioning fully at just 16 weeks. ‘Which means that you are musically receptive long before anything else,’ says Paul.

Today, many organisations of professional or amateur musicians provide UK care homes access to live music. Most of these people are trained to work with the needs of an audience living with memory-impairment. The aim is to stimulate memories and boost confidence and self esteem by involving residents in interactive singing and dancing sessions. The results, based on our own experience as leading care providers, are often phenomenal.

At Cedars Care Group homes, music therapy is a key aspect of the care and support we give. Our activity coordinators regularly organise sessions with visiting musicians. Our carers frequently use music as a means to bring patients out of themselves, when they are emotionally unresponsive. One recent breakthrough we had was with a new resident at Cedarwood House Care Home. The gentleman in question was mute, and preferred isolation. It was only through music, when one of his carers started to play and sing along to Andy Williams’ Moon River, that he began to respond, miming along to the words. Since then, his condition has improved drastically. Find out More

Just this past week at Woodland’s Manor Care Home, our visiting musician Bernie played his cover of Elvis and Beatles songs to the delight of our residents. It served as another reminder that music isn’t just a powerful tool to unlocking memory and boosting morale. Music also offers the opportunity for physical benefits through dancing, which is particularly enjoyed by our residents!

     

Meaningful activities are a fundamental part of day-to-day life at Cedars Care Group Homes. They are vital for the wellbeing of seniors, and those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Music comes pretty high up on our list of spiritual and therapeutic activities with great benefits to residents. You can find out more about our Activities Here.

Some information in this post was sourced from the Age UK article on Dementia and Music by Nick Smurthwaite. We recommend it for further reading on the topic!