Benefits of incorporating music into treatment:
- Stimulate seemingly lost memories
- May help restore some cognitive function
- Stimulates dormant areas of the brain
Why music works:
- It is a core brain function – early in development the brain is primed to respond to and process music; the response persists even in late stage dementia.
- Bodies entrain to rhythm – entrainment is the relationship between external rhythms and inner rhythms allowing our bodies to move to rhythm without thinking about it or even trying. Example, dancing or walking to a beat.
- Physiological response – heart rate may increase / decrease, breathing can quicken, feel a shiver, etc. This response is how we can stimulate someone in a coma or help an agitated resident relax.
- Taps into our emotions – can stimulate memories (happy, sad). Example, hearing a certain song makes you smile.
- Improves attention skills – music can grab and hold our attention. Think of a time you may have been walking and passed by a street band or performer, did you ever just find yourself stopping and listening? This phenomenon makes music an effective tool when working on attention or impulse control.
- Shared neural circuits with speech – music shares the same circuit of listening to and expressing speech; therefore, the use of music can be utilized to help a client re-learn how to talk.
- Tap into memories – music is second only to smell for its ability to stimulate our memory in a very powerful way and can be used to stimulate someone with dementia to recall and reminisce about their life.
- Music is a social experience – music is often shared with a group – playing in a band, listening at a jazz club, singing in church. This is why music is easy to facilitate in a group – it is natural!
- Is non-invasive, safe, and motivating – most people enjoy music – it’s why it works so well!
- Cognitive and physical stimulation program especially for seniors
- 4 areas of adjustment:
|Ø Lyric coach||Ø Guided singer|
|Ø Backing music||Ø Record your voice|