Music is a phenomenon that connects so many people throughout life. Music has a multitude of uses and there is an enormously large selection out there for people to listen to. Music can be used when you re working, cleaning, socializing, singing and so much more, the possibilities are endless! So, how can music help support us when it comes to Alzheimer’s?
Music is used by a lot of people as a way of relaxing and unwinding from the pressures of life. People can use music to help escape reality from a little while, put up their feet and just recuperate. If you have had a busy day in work, or maybe looking after somebody, there is no better feeling than coming home and just switching off for a few minutes/hours.
One of the best things about using Music too, is the sheer number of options that are available to you. Whether you like slow ballads, heavy rock or maybe even mainstream pop, there are millions of songs out there for you to choose from! Once you’ve found your taste, it is simple!
If you want some help getting started, I’ll link in a Spotify playlist that I made for my blog page, Sweeney’s Blogs. The playlist is over 17 hours long and covers sings ranging from the 1960’s to now! I update the playlist when and where I can, so there will always be something new to listen to there!
Sweeney’s Blogs Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0o8E5x2GB0yqct6FlVIhOj?si=FennoLKgQ6yo1saz0MlVGg
If you are a singer or write songs, Music can be a real great way of channeling your emotions and feelings into something that can really help you. There is a Singer called Harry Gardner who did this when he auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent in 2017. If you are unfamiliar with Harry’s audition, or maybe want to hear it again, here it is:
I found this audition really emotional and also really insightful. I, myself, have gone through the sad reality of seeing a loved one fade away because of Alzheimer’s and can really relate to the emotion and passion that Harry puts into the song. Unfortunately, Harry lost his grandmother shortly after his audition, but his song will forever be a reflection of the woman that she was for him.
Harry has also released this song as an official song that has a Music Video going alongside it. I’ll add this in underneath this paragraph here. I love the song and the video, I feel like it is a perfect visualization for the longing you have to have some aspects of the person that have been taken by Alzheimer’s back, such as simply asking for a TV Remote.
Here is Not Alone by Harry Gardner. It is also available on Spotify, under the same name.
There have also been a lot of studies into how Music can help people with Alzheimer’s to feel calm and relax, and there have been theories that state that it can help slow date the deterioration rate at which Alzheimer’s works on.
The theory behind it is that if you play Music from the persons childhood, it can help them hold on and cherish those childhood memories for a lot longer than they would have otherwise. Plus if you play Music that they listened to while they were a lot younger, it helps them to feel safe and allows them to relax a little bit more.
I talk about the effect that Music can have on people with Alzheimer’s in a blog that I wrote on it for my Alzheimer’s Avoidance Series. The blog is called Alzheimer’s Avoidance – Blog 5: Listening to Music? It is available to view below:
If Alzheimer’s has affected you or somebody that you know in some way, why not make a song about it to try and release the pent up emotions that you are feeling? You never know, it could make you feel a lot better in yourself if you do so. If you do decide to write a song, let me know! I always love to see the ideas that people come up with!
Thanks for checking out the Music Support page! What do you think? Do you think Music can help support people with Alzheimer’s, as well as their friends and family? What support methods do you use?
Famous Quotes about Music
“Music is the strongest form of magic”Marilyn Manson
“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t”Johnny Depp
“Without music, life would be a blank for me”Jane Austen