Research has shown that music can have a positive effect on people with dementia.
- Singing to the person during a patient’s morning wash has been found to calm the patient, even though they may have initially felt that being washed by another person was an invasion of their privacy.
- Music has also been shown to suppress wandering behaviour and other forms of motor unrest.
- A person who used to appreciate and perhaps play music earlier in life might still gain pleasure from this during their period of illness.
- Remember to find out what the patient’s favourite style of music was and start from there.
- Enjoying a musical experience together can also provide great stimulation for both the relative and the person suffering from dementia.