It's well documented that music can play a key role in improving wellbeing among older people. Those that suffer from dementia and memory loss are able to recall the words to songs from their past in a way that is still not fully understood by researchers in the field. Listening to and participating in music can fire up regions throughout the brain and improves mood, energy levels, social engagement and is a great confidence booster.
Our music sessions with older people are hugely beneficial in a number of ways:
Participants have the opportunity to reminisce through song, stimulating brain activity by recalling lyrics, which encourages and invigorates a person suffering the debilitating effects of memory loss.
The session provider interacts with participants, engaging in brief conversation which encourages everyone's input into the session. There are scarves, percussive instruments and bubbles to encourage movement and joining in.
The use of guitar and vocals alone for some of the session (backing tracks are also used for variety) has a greater impact on physical, vocal and emotional participation. The songs are carefully chosen for their familiarity, ability to trigger memories and their participation potential.
The service provider can emulate the era and original singer of the songs, adding to the authenticity and enjoyment of the experience for the residents.