Monday, August 25, 2008

Alzheimers and Music


As the disease progresses Alzheimer's Disease patients tend to become withdrawn, so it is important to find activities that the patient can be a part of in order to help reduce isolation..

I have found music plays an important role in the life of an AD patient, especially the sing-alongs. The general idea is to get them to continue as normal a life as possible.If the patient is still mobile you can get them to dance a few steps.

Playing soothing music helps when patients become agitated, play music that calms and uplifts them. This will take some trial and error time until you get the right music or you can always get a music therapist who will have a program tailor made for your patient