Music is particularly beneficial for people struggling with cognitive decline because it is easier to access the memory of a cherished melody than to recall a person’s name or a past event. But you don’t have to be a music therapist to help your loved one enjoy the benefits of music. Here are some suggestions for how caregivers and their loved ones can bond over song from the comfort of home.
Make Music Together – If you or your loved one has a passion for playing an instrument, don’t hesitate to dust off the old six-string and strum out a few chords.
Use Music to Travel Back in Time – Try playing music that was popular when they were in their twenties and thirties, and encourage them to sing along if they can.
Play Music to Alter Moods – If a senior is feeling agitated or upset, aim for slower, more soothing music rather than quick, energetic selections. Many family caregivers swear by playing a senior’s favorite songs during difficult care tasks to keep their spirits up and encourage them through the process.