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Sing-Alongs & Music Activities for Seniors with Dementia

Sing-Alongs & Music Activities for Seniors with Dementia

It’s common knowledge that music or song can lift the spirit and heal the soul. For patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it can have additional benefits for both the patient and the caregiver.

  • Reduces stress for both patient and caregiver
  • Calms patient when agitated
  • Can help regulate blood pressure
  • Improve behavioral issues
  • Stimulate memories

Listening to non-rhythmic or classical music can also boost cognitive function or enhance thinking. Specific songs and music can take patients back to their childhood or special times in their lives, prompting conversation and story-sharing.

Music Playlist for Dementia Patients

Music therapy for dementia patients is a great way for family members and friends to be involved in their loved ones’ daily wellness. They are encouraged to make playlists that include favorite songs or music from special times in their loved ones’ lives. These playlists are something patients can enjoy at their leisure when alone in their room or basking in the sun.

Music for Seniors with Dementia

Playing musical instruments in a group setting helps improve motor skills, coordination, and dexterity. Percussion instruments in particular are good for encouraging movement like toe-tapping, head bobbing, and clapping. This is good for circulation and can aid in boosting mood.

Sing Along for Dementia Patients

Singing songs is an opportunity for memory care patients to express themselves and exercise their vocal cords. Certain songs can help stimulate memories, as well. It’s best to choose songs they are familiar with to avoid agitation. Writing lyrics on a chalkboard or dry-erase board can be helpful in a group dynamic.

Suggested Songs for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients

  1.  “America the Beautiful” performed by Ray Charles
  2.  “King of the Road” by Roger Miller
  3.  “Moon River” by Henry Mancini
  4.  “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra
  5.  “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” by Burt Bacharach
  6.  “Singing in the Rain” performed by Gene Kelly
  7.  “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” performed by Judy Garland
  8.  “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie
  9.  “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  10.  “You Are My Sunshine” by Jimmie Davis

To learn more about how music can help your loved one or to learn about the services available for memory care patients, we are here to help. Reach out online or call The Virginian to speak with our staff or schedule a tour.

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