Singing, dancing, and gathering together is what music therapy does for Alzheimer and dementia patients.
The Director of Sales and Marketing at the Springs Memory Care, Courtney Adams, says, “music therapy is wonderful because what it does is it engages the last part of the mind that we kind of lose as the disease process progresses.”
It invokes memories.
Resident at The Springs Memory Care, Beth Stacey, says, “oh beautiful memories, and there’s nothing like it.”
It can take them as far back as their childhood years.
Resident at The Springs Memory Care, Johnny Brunson, says, “it makes me feel real good. It takes me back to my high school.”
It works through engagement of the residents, which Courtney Adams says is critical for Alzheimer and dementia patients.
“Physical, mental, social, and music does all of that,” says Adams.
Through this mic, the activity director can speak to the residents through their headphones, so that it blocks out all the ambient noise, so they can focus on their music therapy.
“When people are led with music instead of just listening to music, that’s when they participate more,” says Adams.
Participation proves engagement, giving family members hope for the future.
“So, often you hear somebody saying ‘that’s not my wife,’ ‘that’s not my dad anymore.’ You know, he’s just not there. And then you put the headphones on and they hear the music and you see them come back to life,” says Adams.
The residents say that singing certain songs make them feel like they are sharing their memories with their group.