Dementia & Companionship Through Music

Dementia & Companionship Through Music

It’s long been understood that music and memory go hand in hand. Listening to old songs from a chapter in one’s life can bring back strong memories and emotions from a specific period. This is one of the primary reasons music is used in therapies for dementia patients. The University of Utah gathered evidence from MRI scans that further proved the positive impact music had and how it can replace drugs as a treatment option.

At Home Care Assistance, we are always looking for new and exciting ways to improve the lives of our elderly clients. Dementia is a complicated disease that’s hard to understand and even tougher to observe. We know the heartbreak families experience as their loved one’s memory begins to slip away. That’s why we’ve gone beyond music therapy and have introduced companionship into our methods.

Listening to music is important, but having a personal connection to a performance or an interaction with music itself, whether it be singing or performing, can provide greater benefits than just plugging in some headphones. At HCA, we are developing programs where we teach dementia patients how to play instruments, as we have found that the benefit of playing music is far greater than just listening.

Our music therapy is another reason why we are the most trusted provider of elder care. Read more about our venture into song here.