BENEFITS OF MUSIC THERAPY FOR PATIENTS WITH dementia
While Alzheimer’s is the most prevalent form of Dementia, affecting 60%-80% of people with Dementia, Vascular Dementia and other forms are also common. Similarities in patients with Dementia include: memory loss, communication and language loss, decreased ability to focus attention, decreased levels of reasoning and judgment, and a decrease in visual perception. Music therapy is beneficial to patients with all forms of Dementia; these benefits include many of those listed above. Since Dementia slopes downward in progression, music therapy can assist in slowing down the progression and making it as gradual, comfortable, and dignified as possible. Keeping a consistent schedule is important for patients with differing forms of Dementia. Music has the ability to bring back memories, increase family bonding, and build new relationships for patients that otherwise might not speak to anyone. The benefits from individualized or group music therapy can be rewarding for all patients with Dementia.