Last week I wrote about how to engage your loved one with Alzheimer’s by listening to music. Today I’ll talk about how to actually engage them in performing music.
Sing-alongs: This is a favorite activity in nursing homes, and you can arrange family sing-alongs, enjoyable for everyone, for loved ones living at home.
Individual Patient Performances: Patients can be given drums, tambourines or other simple percussion instruments to “play” while singing or listening to music. This can bring smiles to previously blank faces. You can also have patients who previously played instruments try to play them again. Those with mild dementia may be capable and would enjoy playing a little.
As I mentioned the last time, it’s best to use music that was popular when your loved one was young. Also, be sure to avoid music that is loud or dissonant, and don’t play music that’s sad or could remind your loved one of sad events in his or her life.
Experiment with the above approaches to see if any work. Following these simple guidelines may give you and your family new ways to connect, interact and bring joy and comfort to your loved one.
(Source of this story: www.AlzheimersReadingRoom.com. By Marie Marley)