Help Manage Senior Memory Loss With Music and Me
is a powerful tool for assisting individuals in the early and late stages of
Alzheimer’s and dementia. Music engages the elderly and helps them remember the
people and moments in their lives that matter most. Windsor Senior
proud to announce the creation and implementation of our new Music and Me
program, designed with our memory care residents in mind. Read on to learn the
reasons why music as a therapeutic tool is so effective and the ways in which
this tailored music program will enrich the lives of our residents.
How Can Music Help?
latest research from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America shows that music
therapy has promise for people receiving Alzheimer's care and treatment. Music can shift a
person’s mood, alleviate stress and depression, stimulate cognitive function,
and improve motor movements.
The motor center of the brain, the region that directly
correlates to music, requires little or no cognitive processing. This brain
area remains largely unscathed even into the late stages of Alzheimer’s
disease, meaning that seniors who are no longer able to speak, move, or
remember details of their lives will remember their favorite songs and tap
their toes to the beat.
Alzheimer's treatment programs that incorporate music therapy
have successfully helped non-verbal participants sing the lyrics to songs and
helped seniors with dementia remember long-lost memories. Music treatment in Alzheimer care homes has
also helped improve camaraderie and friendship among residents, resident-staff
relations, and the relationships between residents and their loved ones.
Finally, because music can enliven the spirits and boost a person’s mood, Alzheimer's
care residents feel
better about themselves, are happier and calmer, and more outgoing.
Music and Me Program at Windsor Dallas
new Music and Me program at Windsor Dallas launched September 1, 2016. In the
weeks leading up to the launch, we had been studying our dementia
care residents to
ascertain their preferences and identify their personal obstacles, all in an
effort to develop a tailored music program that will maximize the benefit and
experience for everyone involved. Music and Me will be open solely to residents
of our memory care program at first, but will soon be available
to other Windsor Dallas residents
as the program will benefit those in all stages of cognitive/memory impairment
(including initial and undetectable stages).
to Gary Allinger, Executive Director, “The growth and improvements seen in
residents who participate in this type of program is plentiful. In my career, I
have seen some memory care residents who haven’t spoken or
verbally communicated in several months to a couple of years, start singing to
others as they listen to their individually tailored programs.” He has often
witnessed program participants moving their feet, tapping their legs, and
bobbing their heads to the beat of the music – which is an incredible moment as
they are engaged, connecting, processing, and reacting to an external
stimulant. This involves many skills that are otherwise compromised in the
many of our other Windsor activities, Music and Me meets weekly
for optimal benefit to our residents. If needed, Music and Me is also provided
daily to those residents that benefit most from the program. In these sessions
we play many types of music, including dance tunes that residents enjoyed in
their younger years; famous show tunes; and simple songs that are often
accompanied by body movements, like “itsy bitsy spider” and “hokey pokey.” We
encourage participants to sing along, tap their feet, clap their hands, sway
their bodies, and dance if possible. Residents can benefit further by listening
to music on iPods or by tuning to a radio station that plays their preferred
music genre. In addition, specific playlists have been compiled around each
individual resident’s listening habits to fight anxiety and sadness.
soothes the soul, and for our memory care residents, it can improve their health
and restore the part of themselves lost to Alzheimer’s and dementia. It unites
our residents in one common goal and helps them regain some control over their
If you’re interested in learning more about memory
care or assisted living at Windsor Senior Living, or you would
like to schedule a tour, please contact us today to discuss the best solutions for
you and your loved one.
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