There is no known cure or proven way to prevent Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Research does suggest, though, that a person who plays music may help delay symptoms of dementia and help the brain resist this damage as they age.
The Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Journal reports on research by Brenda Hanna-Plady of Emory University and Byron Gajewski that “Recent and past musical activity predicts cognitive aging variability.” — Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
"Musical activity throughout life may serve as a challenging cognitive exercise, making your brain fitter and more capable of accommodating the challenges of aging," says lead researcher Hanna-Plady. "Since studying an instrument requires years of practice and learning, it may create alternate connections in the brain that could compensate for cognitive declines as we get older.” — Emory Report
We know music has a positive effect. There are no studies that suggest specific activities or prove specific value for the brain yet. But with the progress in brain research we can always learn more. Based on this information though, can you find a way to see if the older adult you are assisting can keep their brain healthy with music?
Did the senior you are assisting play music? Can they still play? Can you rekindle the excitement and memory by going to concerts or listening to music or dancing? Based on this information, if they ever played music for a number of years there may be a long-term positive effect you can engage.
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Jaleh Neshat, Home Care Assistance, Raleigh, NC, where the focus is on The Balanced Care Method™ for home healthcare or care services in North Carolina. Read more how-to information on care in the home on the website.