Music is a food for the soul, and is used by music lovers to provide ambience, get motivated, or to relax. Music also has a powerful ability to help control the symptoms of memory loss. Music’s ability to connect with the mind has opened up an area of therapeutic activity that can be applied to older adults with mild cognitive impairment, acute memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.
Music has long been an activity that provides a sense of joy, charm, and inspiration to people of all ages, so it’s been a cornerstone of senior living activities for decades. Now, current research has suggested that music helps reset the memory. This is not surprising to memory care experts or mental health professionals. This phenomenon can be explained by imagining the sensation of hearing a familiar song and associating that song with a particular event or era in your life. By leveraging this phenomenon, specialists can use it as a kick start mechanism to help with unlocking lost memories.
Choice music selection can connect with the psyche and help synchronize it with the entire human system. Research has shown that the introduction of personalized music selections is a valid memory therapy has proven to decrease a person’s reliance on medication to fend off the effects of memory loss. Senior living and assisted living programs often involved performances from musicians, and now music training programs are including performances to private audiences of older adults as part of the skill developing regimen of musicians in training.
Some senior living programs provide residents with music listening devices like iPods, and caregivers or family members help them source music that is sentimental to them, or help them discover music they’ve never heard which is another strong activity for fighting memory loss. Because the mind and brain are things that are still not well understood in some areas, alternative therapies like music are still being refined, but an overwhelming amount of research is identifying positive results from music therapy in senior living programs with memory loss.
My grandmother lives at the Ventura Townehouse and I feel confident that she is in good hands. They get her to her appointments and provide any aftercare that she may need. Everyone there is friendly and like family. I feel like I’m at home when I go there to visit her and eat with her in the dining room.
Recently, I visited my Mom from Chicago. Each day I offered to take us out and about in Ventura. We found ourselves having such an enjoyable time at the Townehouse we didn’t leave. The dining room was so lovey to enjoy with her friends. Patios welcoming and the activities kept us busy. We laughed and had fun all day! Thank you everyone for making me feel at home and making my visit special. It’s always hard to leave my mom. But not as hard when I know she is so happy! Until my next visit!
Staff is very helpful and always concerned about my Mother’s needs, the interior and grounds maintenance is exceptional. Dining provides healthy menus to choose from. Front desk staff is always friendly and helpful. Best decision we ever made was bringing my mom here.