Top 10 Benefits of Music Therapy: Connect to Memories

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Why music therapy? 

While the answer varies depending on the person and what they need from music therapy, there are several benefits that music therapy provides over and over for older adult clients. This is true whether they are dealing with cognitive decline and/or physical limitations from conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, depression, or anxiety. We’re reviewing these in a video series on the top 10 benefits of music therapy for older adults.

Connecting with our key memories over a lifetime is important for all of us as we age. For people with dementia, the memory loss that comes with it can be scary and disorienting. Connecting with long-term memories becomes even more important. Music can be a key way to connect with long-term memories.

Learn more in the video below.

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Bonus resource:

The song spotlights on this blog are meant to spark reminiscence and help people access long term memories. Each one highlights one song and comes with fun facts, discussion questions, and musical experiences to try. Check out the song spotlights here.

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