Is your house or care facility alive with the sound of music? Research suggests that the brain function of people with dementia can be improved when they sing along with familiar favorite tunes from musicals such as The Sound of Music
and The Wizard of Oz
. During a four-month study at a care facility, researchers found that people with dementia who participated in group singing sessions showed improved mental ability on cognitive tests, as well as enhanced mood.
Researcher Jane Flinn of George Mason University notes in a Guardian article
that care facilities that don’t yet host singing sessions “should consider them, because they [are] cheap, entertaining and beneficial for patients with Alzheimer's.” A recent Finnish study determined the same, revealing that “singing and listening to music improved mood, orientation, and certain types of memory” for people with dementia.
And it’s not just singing that can make a difference for people with the condition. Check out the video below to learn how listening to music can help people even in the late stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia.