Historically, music has been an integral part of the human condition, and the same remains true today. While music therapy may not be able to cure dementia, it can go a long way toward reducing the distressing symptoms associated with the condition and improving the mood of both patient and caregiver.
In this article, we share with you some perks of singing for dementia and why you should do so with your loved one!
Did you know that music is one of the strongest triggers of memory? You may want to put on a song that signifies a happy time in your loved one’s life and encourage them to sing along. Singing can be a way for individuals with dementia to channel their joy and express emotions they would not be able to otherwise!
An Excellent Aerobic Exercise
Exercising can be challenging for individuals with dementia. Even if they are physically capable of completing exercises, following instructions and staying focused can be hard for them. Singing is an excellent aerobic exercise as it trains the lungs and abdominal muscles on top of improving blood circulation.
A Fun Socialization Opportunity
In a group setting, singing can be an especially fun activity. Whether you are having some one-on-one time with your loved one or gathering for a family dinner, everyone can get involved and have fun! In a residential memory care community, groups of residents can create meaningful bonds and build new friendships during group singing sessions!
There’s a reason you find yourself singing so often in the shower! Singing simply improves our mood, no questions asked. Whether you are having a good or bad day, there’s always a song that gets you. The same goes for your loved one with dementia. Selecting uplifting songs to sing with them can improve their mood and deepen your bond as a bonus!
We all experience stress. However, it can be tougher for individuals with dementia when it comes to letting their stress out. The challenges they face with communication can make it tough to let anyone know how they are feeling, and this may manifest itself in distressing symptoms instead. When you introduce singing as a fun activity for your loved one, it can be a good way of releasing stress.
Our Memory Care Residents at Discovery Village At Tampa Palms Enjoy Many Fun Activities
In our memory care community at Discovery Village At Tampa Palms, there’s always something fun going on. Our memory care residents are guided by our professional team members to participate in activities that promote interaction, increase engagement and improve the overall quality of life. This includes singing in music therapy, arts & craft classes, and lots more. When your loved one makes the move to our community, they will have access to a wide range of amenities, including an indoor therapy heated pool, a movie theater, games rooms, and many more!