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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.

Combining Music and Technology

The Virginian incorporates the latest SingFit Technology into its Memory Care programming to get the greatest therapeutic benefit from this music therapy. This unique technology platform is designed for people with all types of dementia and cognitive decline.

It allows these individuals to derive the maximum possible benefit from their interaction with the music and their interactivity with each other, including singing, movement, and reminiscence, as it works to stimulate and engage the individual’s whole body and brain.

Music Playlist for Dementia Patients

Music therapy for dementia patients is an excellent 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 are particularly good for encouraging movement like toe-tapping, head bobbing, and clapping. This movement 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.

Group Of Seniors Standing By Piano And Singing Together

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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