What is Dementia?

Dementia is a broad term that refers to the loss of memory and cognitive ability that occurs because of brain disease or injury. There are many types of dementia. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, it is estimated there are more than 420,000 Australians currently living with dementia.

Why use music therapy?

Think about one of your favourite songs. What path does it lead you down? What memories does it evoke? And what emotions does it arouse?  Musical intervention provides therapeutic effects for people living with dementia because music elicits feelings and memories. Musical therapies have been demonstrated to reduce agitation, improve communication, and improve caregiver relationships for those living with dementia. Music has been shown to aid with agitation and behavioural issues, which are common in Alzheimer’s disease. Even in the later stages of dementia, a person may be able to tap a beat or sing the words to a favourite song. As seen in the movie Alive Inside, Music & Memory Therapy stimulates the mind and senses through music.

With dementia care therapies, you can use meaningful music to connect people to memories and associations. The benefit of this therapy includes individuals being happier and more social, therefore reducing reliance on medication. This remarkable program is helping many people living with dementia.

Home Caring is proud to be officially accredited to provide music and memory dementia therapies to those living with dementia. With this therapy, relationships with families deepen, and valuable time lost to behavioural management issues can be regained.