Both anecdotal evidence and scientific research make it clear: Music plays an important role in memory care.
Music can be a bridge that helps Caregivers reach a loved one who is no longer able to communicate with words. You and your loved one can strengthen your social bonds to ease the caregiver relationship many times just by singing old songs.
I loved singing with my mother. Although neither of us would ever be nominated for a Grammy, it sure eased the tension during some difficult times.
Certain aspects of caregiving – like assisting your loved one with personal care, especially in the bathroom, can be particularly challenging. Incorporating favorite songs or pieces of music can make the task more enjoyable for both the caregiver and person with memory loss.
Also, singing can increase the flow of oxygen in the body, which improves alertness, motor control and coordination.
Many agree music affects mood and may even reduce pain. Research shows that music can help ease the symptoms of depression by up to 25% and reduce pain by up to 21%.
I cannot remind you enough to also remember to take care of yourself.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, caregivers report higher incidences than non-caregivers of anxiety and depression.
Find a support group where you can share your feelings and ideas with other caregivers who are caring for a loved one with memory loss.
When you do this, your experience with your loved one will be as rich and rewarding as possible.