My wife often uses music to connect with her Mother who is in Stage 7 of Alzheimer’s Disease. On her iPhone, Jeanne will select the “Frank Sinatra” channel on Pandora, hold her Mother’s hand and bounce it about. Sometimes, she’ll sit on the end of the bed and bounce, so that Mom’s mattress moves her too. The reaction is always in her eyes and it’s always positive.
Music is used to influence physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being and improve quality of life for healthy people as well as those who are disabled or ill. It may involve either listening to or performing music, with or without the presence of a music therapist. In people with Alzheimer’s dementia and other mental disorders in older adults, music therapy has been found to reduce aggressive or agitated behavior, improve mood, and improve cooperation with daily tasks such as bathing. Music therapy may also be beneficial for dementia-associated neuropsychiatric symptoms, such as depression and aggressive behavior. Music therapy may help maintain mental performance in elderly adults undergoing surgical procedures, reduce postoperative confusion and delirium, and increase energy levels. Music therapy is generally known to be safe.