ALTERNATIVE THERAPY for DEMENTIA
MUSIC ACTIVITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S
Artistic and creative talents often remain strong long after Alzheimer's disease has severely affected memory and other cognitive processes.
The creation of art and the enjoyment of art are both viable and effective therapies for people with dementia. The benefits derived from creative expression include reminiscence and memory stimulation, socialization, and a decrease in some or the "difficult" behavioral aspects of the disease, including anxiety, apathy, and agitation
An individual whose memory is severely affected by a dementia might remember songs from his or her past and even sing along with those songs. People often report being surprised when their mother or father who doesn't remember who they are sings a familiar song without missing a word.
It's not just the stimulation caused by the memory of the song that is gratifying and therapeutic, but reminiscences are also conjured. With those reminiscences, emotions that became associated with the songs long ago are brought out and relived. It's common for a familiar song or piece of music to elicit smiles, laughter, and even tears.