Science Proves the Effectiveness of Music
Music is primal to life and expressed by each of us every day whether through dancing to a favorite tune, keeping rhythm with a pencil or remembering a special time when hearing a forgotten melody. It is central to our lives and is embedded in our culture defining how we acknowledge milestones, rites of passage and celebrations as well as providing comfort, transformation and inspiration. Music links us to our world and provides a pathway back to our past. A number of research studies have looked at the therapeutic use of music as an important adjunct to medical treatment and have found the following:
- Music promotes trust and safety
- Music promotes healing
- Music alleviates pain
- Music helps manage stress and anxiety
- Music helps relieve some symptoms of Neurological Impairments
- Music promotes socialization
- Music helps us communicate
Regarding music and dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, music has power - especially for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. And it can spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages of the disease. When used appropriately, music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements. A person’s ability to engage in music, particularly rhythm playing and singing, remains intact late into the disease process because, again, these activities do not mandate cognitive functioning for success.
ComForCare Home Care provides more than highly qualified caregivers. Our home care services go above and beyond the usual with our Joyful Memories® program. Joyful Memories One-on-One is an interactive program our caregivers use to engage with clients, especially those who have become withdrawn. Our Joyful Memories program uses familiar songs as reminiscence tools to help bring joy and allow for better days for those with dementia.
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