Recently, I’ve been learning and hearing more and more about music programs for those with Alzheimer’s or a dementia diagnosis. One of my clients sings in the MacPhail Giving Voice Chorus http://www.givingvoicechorus.org which is tremendous! Most memory care options have music therapy or music programming as part of their activities. Look for this if you are touring options for a loved one.
It’s amazing how music can bring out someone when they have been silent for maybe years.
Music as therapy for someone who is agitated or anxious is a benefit. I wonder if King Saul had some type of dementia as we know David’s music changed his nature and calmed him.
To read more about the benefits of music and the appropriate selection of music and what stage in the dementia journey it’s appropriate for, see this article by the Alzheimer’s Foundation.