Can Music Improve the Relationships Between Dementia Patients and Caregivers?

Have you ever heard your favorite song and your mood instantly improved? Do you ever listen to music while you clean up around the house? It's interesting the effects that music can not only have on our productivity but also our mood. According to a nine-month study called B Sharp conducted at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, Colorado by CSU, Banner Health, Kaiser Permanente, the Fort Collins Symphony, a certified dementia practitioner, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Larimer County Office on Aging, music can be credited for improving cognitive function and the relationship between dementia patients and caregivers.

The B Sharp research study centered around Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. The study subjects were charged with attending a series of symphonies in which cognitive assessments were given before and after the performance. The assessment was used to measure the cognitive function of Alzheimer patients to determine if their mental state was improving or becoming worse. The social connections of caregivers were explored using various assessments as well such as interviews, focus groups, surveys, and other tools.

Surprisingly, the study discovered that not only did the symphonies aid in delaying cognitive decline, but it also proved to reverse cognitive decline. Alzheimer patients and those with severe dementia were able to recall important events from the previous night and create new memories as well. As for caregivers, they were said to enjoy their new-found relationship with Alzheimer and dementia patients as an effect of their cognitive improvement; their conversation became more reciprocal due to their increased interaction and ability to engage.

Change in Behavior for Dementia Patients
 
Along with an improved relationship with caregivers and memory retention, researchers also found an improvement in the mood of dementia patients. Those battling dementia can often experience a loss of happiness and increased distress. Music has been found to combat these feelings, similar to how it does for others when they hear their favorite song. Music can repair their sense of joyfulness and suppress anxiety and agitation.

While symphonies were the element used in this research study, attending a concert isn’t necessary to see similar results. Read about the best music for those with early-stage dementia.

How Home Care Assistance Uses the Balanced Care Method™ to Encourage Social Ties & Sharp Minds

As studies have shown, music not only improves the relations between dementia patients and their caregivers, it also improves brain health. At Home Care Assistance, we fully understand the correlation social ties and sharp minds have to living a long, healthy life. Our Balanced Care Method™ encourages seniors to stay active and promotes regular cognitive stimulation. Our caregivers implement physical and mental exercises into the daily routines for your senior loved ones.  If you're seeking dementia care in Oklahoma City or Edmond home care, we can help. Our private in-home care may be the right option to help your loved one live a longer, happier life.

Sources:

https://source.colostate.edu/study-attending-symphony-reverses-cognitive-decline-people-dementia/

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