Is it possible to cure dementia with music? How?
Whether you’re young or old, you enjoy music. But the value of music is more than just simple listening. Therapists working with individuals or groups use music to evoke memories, feelings, and sensations. It has been particularly beneficial for older adults with various types of dementia.
Music is closely related to unconscious emotions activated by musical movements. Playing the old wartime songs for older adults will bring positive memories to their minds. Therapists use music therapy to enhance the overall physical and mental well-being of dementia patients, such as
• Memory recall
• Positive changes in moods and emotional status
• A sense of control over life
• Non-pharmacological management of pain and discomfort
• Stimulation promotes interest even when other approaches are ineffective Structures that promote arithmetic and continuous movement or vocal fluency as an adjunct to physical rehabilitation and opportunities to interact socially with others.
No. Dementia cannot be cured by music. It has no known treatment. But I can confidently tell that my mother’s memory for songs, especially lyrics, survived far longer than any other part of her memory. And as it took over everything else in her life, music was the last vestige of happiness she had. When she got out from the hospital, she could no longer understand conversations, couldn’t see very well, and couldn’t even feed herself, yet music could always comfort her when nothing else could. While not curing, music can help patients.
Music cannot “cure” dementia; if by “cure,” you mean to make it all go away. But, music can alter behaviours, improve memory and cognitive abilities and reduce anxiety. Many studies have already shown the efficacy of music assisting the person with dementia to navigate the day. Music, particularly music with which the person is familiar, taps into memories that give the person some slight sense of control, and control is precisely what they need.
It is also possible to help a person with dementia that has agitation by playing different types of music and leading them by their brains to a more relaxed state. It will also allow caregivers to provide a person with dementia a quality experience, if even for a few minutes.