Music Can Positively Effect Memory Care and Cognition for Seniors

Memory Care in Kalamazoo
1/16/2017

It has been proven by psychologists and other professionals that listening to music is more than just a way to boost mood or pass the time – it has a real effect of our brain’s capabilities. This is especially important for those who may be suffering with conditions that effect memory and cognition like Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Most of the time music works by helping listeners to recall memories based on an emotional response evoked by the music.

This positive effect music has on seniors suffering with memory and cognitive disorders has been touted by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) as a way to change moods, manage, stress, assist with coordination, and enhance cognitive function. Music creates responses that require very little to no mental or cognitive processing. This makes the benefits of seniors listening to music not only automatic but also sometimes unperceived with the listener just listening to the music and enjoying both the mental and physical benefits that go along with it.

At Heritage Community of Kalamazoo, we know and have seen the benefits that music can have on our residents. For our residents who are living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, our memory care communities are happy, inviting, and bright places to live. Our memory care in Kalamazoo at Amber Place and Amber Way integrates and uses the latest proven therapies, music included, to create happier, more positive moods and evoke comfortable and familiar emotions in our residents. Our Life Enrichment Coordinator has a saying about her work with memory care – “For me, it is about honor, dignity, and love. Offering my friends anything less wouldn’t be acceptable.”

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