Sing with Me – Alzheimer’s Music Therapy

Did you know that whether you love to sing in the shower or listen to music while driving, you are helping stimulate your brain and the body-mind connection? This stimulation is powerful and also helps to reactivate speech centers of the brain, trigger memory, and improve your coordination.

More studies show that music can be a great help to those individuals who have neurological conditions – such as Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. The music stimulates their area of the brain helping it to change and respond to the music. So if your loved one has Alzheimer’s Disease the area of their brain that is affected is the area for the direct recall of memories.

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Musical memories are not only associated with the music, but also their experiences associated with the music. When they listen to music it can help to indirectly stimulate partial memories that they otherwise would not be able to recall. This can be very comforting for loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.

When you are caring for your loved one, be sure to make some time for music! This is a great way to not only brighten their day, but also bring them some fun healthy stimulation. There are many great ways to incorporate music into their day. You can even incorporate the music into their normal daily routines. If your loved one gets frustrated with dressing or bathing, try playing some music to help soothe them. It might help make these activities more fun for them.

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Creating a Garden of Memories with Mom

If you’re like most of us here in Michigan you’re getting ready to rid that winter coat. Many of us are trading in our winter gloves for a pair of gardening gloves. With Mother’s Day just a week away, there are probably a lot of memorable moments you’ve spent with mom in her garden learning how to plant and care for the flowers and vegetables. But if mom is dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia you may think that all you can do now is enjoy the great memories that you have shared together in the garden. This year for Mother’s Day, you can still spend time with mom back in the garden – by creating a Memory Garden.

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With a Memory Garden you are providing a place for your mom to get exercise and plenty of stimuli. Especially if the Alzheimer’s causes agitation, frustration, and tension this will help by giving her an outlet that can provide a comforting peace. When looking at the types of plants and flowers try to select bright vibrant colors, larger shrubs for boundaries, and herbs for sweet aromas. Also, making sure that the plants you select are nonpoisonous and nontoxic. Just going to your local nursery to look at all of the different colors and plants would be a great adventure!

The vibrant colors of the flowers provide great visual stimuli, and when they are walking through their garden and brush pass herbs like mint or lavender they will smell their sweet aromas. The new garden will also attract visitors, and seeing a family of rabbits or any new wildlife visitors will surely be a happy welcome.

As the new garden is being finished, make sure that there is plenty of room for some shade and lawn chairs. This is a great way to make sure that mom won’t get too much sun, and still be able to enjoy her garden. This area for rest will also allow you to keep close to mom while still allowing her independence in her garden.

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