Memories Return Through Music - March 2016
Bret S. Stetka, MD
Mr Cohen is a social worker and shares that music has multiple benefits especially for people in nursing homes. People with dementia who have lost their short-term memory often retain their long-term memory, especially for music. If you play music from someone's youth that holds personal meaning, it will help them stay connected with themselves and be more alive, alert, communicative, social, attentive, and more engaged. There is abundant research focus on music's ability to reduce blood pressure, improve mood, enhance sleep, as well as reduce agitation and anxiety. Research has also shown that it reduces behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. Then there is research around how music helps reduce pain, as described by an article from the Journal of Advanced Nursing in the 1990s. Music also helps to facilitate occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy.
- Medscape online