When seniors with Alzheimer’s hear music they like, chemicals are released into the pleasure centers of the brain, making them feel good. You can incorporate music into your loved one’s daily life and possibly boost his or her memory, attention span, appetite, and mood. Here are some of the ways family caregivers can use music when caring for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s.
Listen to Music Together
Music can help seniors feel close with others, both emotionally and physically. As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, it may be more challenging for your loved one to share his or her emotions. However, listening to the music and singing may motivate your loved one to dance, which could lead to physical interaction such as hugging and handholding. This physical closeness could stimulate memories. You can also make a playlist your loved one would like and download it to his or her smartphone or music player. Your loved one can then listen to the music whenever he or she wants.
Listening to music is a wonderful way to boost memory, but there are a wide array of lifestyle choices seniors can make that also offer this benefit. If your loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits and accomplishing daily tasks, a North Broward caregiver from Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers are expertly trained to provide mental and social stimulation, assist with exercise, prepare nutritious meals, and much more.
Read Lyrics Together
Seniors living with Alzheimer’s may still enjoy reading after their diagnosis. Print out the words to your loved one’s favorite songs and help him or her read the lyrics. Reading can reduce agitation in seniors with Alzheimer’s and prevent other types of challenging behavior, and it is a fun way to incorporate music when you want to spark activity in your loved one’s brain.
Watch Music Videos
Download music videos on your loved one’s smartphone, or bring the videos up on the television via a music app. Watching music videos may stimulate positive interactions. Musical aptitude is one of the last remaining abilities most seniors with Alzheimer’s have. Therefore, watching videos is a great way to spark your loved one’s memory and thoughts. Reaching your loved one’s true feelings can make caregiving easier on you.
Alzheimer’s can be challenging for seniors to manage without assistance, and it can be just as challenging for families who do not have experience in providing Alzheimer’s care. For trusted North Broward Alzheimer’s care, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method was designed to help seniors with Alzheimer’s and other memory-related conditions live happier and healthier lives.
Play Background Music While Cleaning the Home
It is important for seniors with Alzheimer’s to continue doing activities they did prior to being diagnosed with the disease. As the disease progresses, your loved one’s level of interest or involvement may decrease, but maintaining hobbies and favorite pastimes might help. If your loved one takes pleasure in organizing and cleaning the home, play background music while he or she does these household chores. When the music is playing and your loved one is cleaning the home, the sounds may help him or her manage stress-induced agitation and coordinate his or her motor movements.
Though regular music therapy may boost memory, there are many other things your loved one can do to remain healthy. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of North Broward home care. Services our caregivers provide include transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping. If your elderly loved one needs assistance with daily activities while aging in the comfort of home, call us at 954-906-5161 today.