Music Brings Hope to
Persons with Memory Impairments
December 2016 ISSUE
The memory of music is one of the most enduring we humans have within our brains. Numerous emotional experiences associated with specific tunes surely contribute to this memory's tenacity. I bet you can still remember songs you learned when you were in school (I can still sing, “My New Little Shoes” that I learned in Kindergarten!). What about the favorites you danced to as a young person? And the “hits” from your most beloved singers and groups?
All evoke memories of specific times in your history, the persons you were with, the places in which these memories unfolded, and the sights, sounds, loves and heartbreaks that accompanied them. On top of that, every culture throughout the world has its distinctive form of music, connected sounds and rhythms that accompany its social, cultural, and religious celebrations. In his book, Musicophilia, Dr Oliver Sachs, MD, notes that “many levels of neural circuitry underlay the perception of music”. He further notes that music has a variety of effects on us: it alerts, calms, excites, thrills, and helps focus us.
When exposed to music, many persons with memory impairments respond similarly. Despite the stage of Alzheimer's/
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December Caregiving Tips:
We've introduced a way in which to access the music center in your loved one's brain. Let's talk about how you might incorporate the iPOD along with music tailored to your loved one's tastes and experiences into her daily routines, whether they occur at home or at a memory care unit.
Three informative ebooks that provide detailed instructions are available from Music and Memory website: www.musicandmemory.org.:
a) "Making the Case for Personalized Music: A Guide for Elder Care Professionals" (I definitely include you in this group).
b) "How to Run a Successful iPod Donation Drive from Music and Memory". This may be helpful in the event you wish to support a particular memory care unit.
"How to Create a Personalized Playlist for Your Loved One at Home".
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