Why Music Matters for Memory Care
“When words fail, music speaks.” -Hans Christian Andersen
Because of the way music is tied to memories, music therapy can be a great way for seniors in our memory care community to lead happier, healthier lives. In this month's edition of the Heritage Place blog, we'll be discussing the power of music and how important music-based activities are to our programming.
Music Encourages Physicality
Ever found yourself inadvertently tapping your foot along to the beat? That’s because music encourages physicality, from foot tapping and head nodding to full on dancing. For memory care residents, this movement can be incredibly beneficial to their physical and emotional health. That’s why Heritage Place offers physical activity for every level, including chair aerobics, yoga, and more.
Emotions Are Linked to Memory
We all have emotional associations with songs from our past, and while those facing Alzheimer’s and dementia might not be able to recall all the specific details of their life, music can help them surface emotions and memories they’ve associated with a certain song.
People With Dementia Lose Musical Aptitude & Appreciation Late
People with dementia maintain their love of music - and ability to play music! - all the way up until the very late stages of Alzheimer's. That's why you'll find many memory care residents still able to play their favorite instrument or remember the words to old songs. Because of this, music can be a great way to help seniors in the memory care community feel capable and empowered. Enjoy this video of one of our Heritage Place residents playing the harmonica in the dining room!
At Heritage Place in Bountiful, Utah, we understand the power of music, which is why we offer plenty of musical activities for our memory care community, including our Relaxing Art & Music series on Tuesdays, Music Therapy & Sing-a-Longs on Wednesdays, and more! Schedule a tour to take a peek at our community, or contact us to speak with an advisor about a care plan for your loved one.
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