Music for Alzheimer’s Ears

Music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients has become more and more popular.  Often, when you visit a nursing home, there will be background music.  Also, you’ll find music CDs or DVDs playing on the television.

This frequently is from an era compatable with the patients’ active years.

The advantages of music:

  • It’s calming
  • It’s relaxing
  • It often evokes memories
  • It stimulates the mind

Although my mother never said much about the music at the nursing home where she resided for 8 years, I discovered she enjoyed it when there were programs and musical activities.  She smiled, she moved her hands in time with the music, she seemed relaxed.

Try music when you find your family member agitated, is frustrated, and needs to recall past events.

How have you used music?


More on Bird Watching & Alzheimer’s

In response to a question from a reader, regarding bird watching and Alzheimer’s, I began looking into the topic a bit more.

According to this article, Pet Therapy for Alzheimer’s Patients,  bird watching and looking at aquariums appear to have positive results.  Also, Purdue University apparently has done some research into this.

This article on Therapeutic Activities mentions bird watching along with gardening or being involved in gardens as being soothing and calming.

When my mom was in the nursing home, they had a bird feeder outside the activity room window for a time.  At another nursing home, where I was giving a talk, they had bird cages, where the residents could watch, as well as listen to the birds.