Dementia and the power of music
The power of music, especially singing, is unlocking memories. It seems to reach parts of the damaged brain in ways other forms of communication cannot.
Music can have many benefits in the setting of dementia. It can help reduce anxiety and depression, help maintain speech and language, is helpful at the end of life, enhances quality of life and also has a positive impact on care assistants.
What are the benefits?
- Music helps people with dementia express feelings and ideas
- It can encourage physical exercise, dance or movement
- Music can prompt reminiscing of past times
- Singing or playing a favourite piece of music can lessen distress and may be particularly helpful whilst giving personal care
- It can help the person with dementia ‘tell their story’ and give voice to their personal history.