Music And AlzheimersAccording to recent studies, music has been proven to do more than just entertain. Music has the ability to shift moods, manage stress, create positive interactions and facilitate cognitive function.

According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), “this happens because rhythmic and other well-rehearsed responses require little to no cognitive or mental processing. They are influenced by the motor center of the brain that responds directly to auditory rhythmic cues.”

An Alzheimer’s patient can actively engage with music because actions like singing and rhythm playing do not require cognitive functioning. Music seems to have a particularly transformative effect on people.

Another form of music, singing, has been proven to be an effective whole brain exercise that has the power to reach deep into the mind and re-engage parts of the brain that would otherwise remain hidden.

Studies have shown that when residents engage in music therapy at least 3 times per week, they have increased focus, better memory and more positive moods. Studies further show that active music-making including singing and other whole-brain exercises, done on a regular basis, have the ability to combat dementia.

The MUSIC & MEMORY℠ Program at Stein Assisted Living Jaffa Gate Memory Care Neighborhood includes a special unit for seniors with memory impairment, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Residents are happier and more social; relationships among staff, residents and family deepen; and everyone benefits from a calmer, more supportive social environment. Staff regains valuable time previously lost to behavior management issues, and there is growing evidence that a personalized music program gives professionals one more tool in their effort to reduce reliance on medications.

These activities and programs (in addition to 24-hour compassionate caregiver assistance) make life enjoyable and fulfilling for our residents with mild to moderate memory impairment or dementia. It takes a special understanding of the challenges these residents and their families face, and you won’t find a more caring or professional community than here.

To learn more about our MUSIC & MEMORY℠ Program contact Jackie Kott at 732-568-1155 or email us at jkott@wilfcampus.org.