According to researchers who described an innovative program at the MJHS health system in New York – “music therapy can improve symptoms of depression and agitation in residents with dementia”
Here are some great tips for getting the most out of music therapy.
- Play familiar music.
- Set the right tone and volume. Faster music might help boost mood and encourage clapping and other movement.
- Avoid confusion. Try to reduce other noises when using music therapy.
- Add photos and other objects. Try to link the music with other parts of the person’s life. Looking at photos while listening to music can stir memories.
- Let them decide.