Wednesday 8th June 2022
Have you ever thought about music?
Music and our memories have a powerful connection .
Music can ignite emotional memories. everyone remembers songs from their past, where you were…a holiday perhaps, even your wedding track. Music that reminds of your parents, your children…So many memories captured in music
Music can have many benefits in the setting of dementia. It can help reduce anxiety, depression bringing back happy memories.
Most importantly, listening to music provides enjoyment and entertainment.
Music should be tailored to the choices of individuals, for instance Vera Lynne is not really my erra. I have a wide selection on music choices some of which are very recent.
Each individual will have their own choices of music …we are not all the same! We are all different!
Living with early onset dementia, some people automatically put you in the war time song category, because you have dementia.
I’m in my 50’s so not my choice of music, having said that I do like some music from that era and most probably would sing along.
Personally I would like to choose my own music, not be told what I have to listen too.
So why not create a playlist of all YOUR favourite songs.
You don’t have to record them, just jot down the music artists or individual tracks you like
There are many stories and examples where music in care homes have effectively brought people together, stimulating memories.
Memorable stories of individuals who were withdrawn, become more alert by listening to their favourite music, so there are positive benefits from music.
So get your pen and paper out, think of all your favourite tracks, jot them down…It could take you a while!
Just think of the enjoyment you are having listening and reminiscing your favourite tracks
When I was a young girl I sometimes attend the camping club socials with my grandparents and aunties and uncles. I used to love joining in and learning the dances.
The breakaway blues always brings back fond memories of those days. The track below reminds me so much of the atmosphere, dancing, laughter and fun. Everyone would take their own drinks and food for supper. Happy Memories.
So the track below even though old, brings back fond memories of my grandparents
Memories of me and my girls dancing and having fun is the next track, holidays and Saturday mornings tv, dancing around our living room.
So many memories in music, even special occasions like our wedding
Music is just a wonderful memory aid, it helps us to restore some of our wonderful memories that we keep deep inside.