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The Power of Music

Nevada Senior Services - Adult Day Care Centers of Las Vegas and Henderson - The Power of Music

Music can be powerful. Studies have shown music may reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues that are common in the middle-stages of Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Even in the late-stages of Alzheimer's, a person may be able to tap a beat or sing lyrics to a song from childhood.

A recent study shows that dementia and Alzheimer’s patients can recall memories and emotions, and have enhanced mental performance after singing classic hits and show tunes from movies and musicals.

Neurologist Oliver Sacks says that, “Music evokes emotion, and emotion can bring with it memory… it brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can.” By pairing music with every day activities, patients can develop a rhythm that helps them to the recall the memory of that activity, improving cognitive ability over time. “Musical aptitude and music appreciation are two of the last remaining abilities in patients with Alzheimer’s.” Because these two abilities remain long after other abilities have passed, music is an excellent way to reach beyond the disease and reach the person.

 

Ms. Rebecca N. Played classical piano music and entertained all our participants and staff at the Adult Day Care Center of Las Vegas.  Our Activities Director DeeDee Woodberry relayed” You could see by her smiling face success, accomplishment and pride. She was so encouraged by the beauty of the music she had just shared. Everyone applauded her. She had a spring in her step. It was a great to be a part of something so beautiful. Alzheimer’s and music what a great fit.”

 

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