Individuals with dementia can have periods of anxiety or agitation. Potential causes for this include frustration, worry, and boredom. This poses a challenge for caregivers, as they search for dementia activities to provide cognitive stimulation, while avoiding feelings of frustration and failure.
One activity that has been proven successful in dementia care, is the use of music. The parts of the brain that have to do with music and emotional memory are often less affected by dementia. Therefore, music may stimulate and connect with people with dementia in a way that spoken words cannot. People in late stages of dementia, who rarely speak, have been noted to come alive to music being played, singing along or tapping their foot.
- Reduce agitation
- Improve moods
- Provide a trigger for remembering the past
- Provide a failure-free activity that can be easily incoporated into the day
- An interactive format for when a facilitator is available to lead.
- A continuous play format led by the music therapist, where no facilitator is needed.