Music has powerful effects on our mind. It can impact a person’s mood very quickly and in the past, certain types of music have been used to negatively influence humanity. But music can also be a powerful and non-invasive therapy.
Music therapy shows promising results in improving speech content and fluency, particularly in dementia patients. It offers a form of expression when verbal communication is compromised. It does not halt the deterioration of language skills but instead provides an alternate mode of communication. It allows for self-expression and keeps the connection with loved ones alive even when language fails. In dementia stages where verbal skills are lost, music and movement groups can stimulate a response from patients. Music therapy aids in reducing agitation common in moderate and late-stage dementia patients. So, how can you test this out for yourself?
Professional flutist, Toshiro Mitsu tome, says there are three tips to evoke dementia patients’ memory. Of course, music therapy can benefit all types of people not just people with dementia. Studies reveal that listening to music you like during certain activities decreases disruptive behaviors. Music therapy also eases the role of caregivers, providing them with an avenue to connect with their patients. It helps in creating new memories and relationships rather than mourning the loss of what used to be.