Music therapy for DementiaCreated by:
Elder care is something I have always been associated to professionally. Degenerative conditions like Dementia and Alzheimer’s need a very specific approach.
Early intervention is the key for long term management of the condition. Being a degenerative condition patients starting from basic memory loss move on to communication difficulty as they start forgetting languages and gradually reach a stage were they forget learned behaviors as well. When I mention learnt behaviors these are activities of daily living like brushing teeth, bathing, eating etc. No doubt these activities of daily living are important and we strive to manage the patient in a way that they continue with most of these activities for maximum period of time.
One of the early intervention technique we have been using with a number of patients is: Music therapy. We have been associating one particular music track with each activity of daily living, for e.g. every time while brushing teeth same piano track is been played everyday, from the very day of diagnosis. In long run its been observed that patient associates the music with the activity and thus continues to do the same independently with less anxiety. Similarly other activity particularly eating is conditioned with their favorite song.
Along with health management, as a team we continuously keep making attempts to keep them happy as after a particular stage all they remember is the happy feeling, of course even the feeling last for a short while but it helps in easing the caregivers work.
Would insist of having trained caregivers of them with psycho-educating the family members as well.