ALZHEIMER`S MUSIC THERAPY - VOLUME 1 is a DVD that features the music of 16 specially chosen familiar songs along with photographs that relate to the lyric and the song lyrics are also boldly displayed on screen. Just start the DVD and watch as some sing a long, some are captivated by the music and photography, moods are uplifted and some may even dance but almost everyone is affected in a positive way. Make treasured happy moments for those you love.
Music together with Visual images can be Miraculous—especially for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. And it can spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages of the disease.
When used appropriately, music and pictures can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements.
This happens because rhythmic and other well-rehearsed responses require little to no cognitive or mental processing. They are influenced by the motor center of the brain that responds directly to auditory rhythmic cues.
A person’s ability to engage in music, particularly rhythm playing and singing, remains intact late into the disease process because, again, these activities do not mandate cognitive functioning for success.
Music Associations - Most people associate music with important events and a wide array of emotions. The connection can be so strong that hearing a tune long after the occurrence evokes a memory of it.
Prior experience with the piece is the greatest indicator of an individual’s likely response. A melody that is soothing for one person may remind another of the loss of a loved one and be tragically sad.
If the links with the music are unknown, it is difficult to predict an individual’s response. Therefore, observe a person’s reaction to a particular arrangement and discontinue it if it evokes distress, such as agitation, facial grimaces or increasing muscular tension.
Although there is not yet a cure for Alzheimer`s, music has been proven to add moments of quality, reflection and dignity to lives affected by this unfortunate malady.
Please watch this brief excerpt (below) from the award winning documentary "ALIVE INSIDE" for further validatation of music and memory.
The entire documentary can be seen on the "ABOUT" page of this site.
EXCERPT FROM "ALIVE INSIDE" WITH HENRY