“Music Has Power”
…..especially for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. It can spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages of the disease. When used appropriately, music can shift moods, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements.
These happenings form simply because rhythmic and other well-rehearsed responses require little to no cognitive or mental processing. They are influenced by the center motor of the brain that responds directly to auditory rhythmic cues. A person’s ability to engage in music, particularly rhythm playing and singing, remains intact late into the disease process.