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Caregiving Monday: 10 Ways to Use music to calm and minister

Caregiving Monday: 10 Ways to Use music to calm and minister

I’ve had some residents that would yell, become agitated, or have hallucinations. I’ve discovered I can use music to calm and minister to these residents. Using songs that are familiar helps the loved one feel comfortable because the song is familiar Singing hymns is often soothing Music that is calming or played softly often helps to deal with agitation. I’ve often found that piano music is great for calming the loved one, whether in person or through a CD. Nature…

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Caregiving Monday: The Power of Music

Caregiving Monday: The Power of Music

Time and time again I’m amazed at the power of music.   I’ve shared many times how I believe this is the universal language and that still rings true. So why do I believe this? Well, let’s visit the Alzheimer’s unit and take a look: Resident #1 has terrible flashbacks from a traumatic event as a child.  Talking only agitates her more in these moments.  However, as soon as I begin to sing she calms down.  Before the end of the…

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Caregiving Monday: Dealing with Trauma

Caregiving Monday: Dealing with Trauma

    Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease and there are times when traumatic moments and horrific memories return to traumatize the patient. So what are some ways to calm the patient?   Redirect the patient and see if you can get their mind on something else Allow the patient to speak about the incident—some need to express their feelings and what was experienced in a safe and loving environment. Never judge or push for information, but allow the patient to…

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Caregiving Monday: The Power of Jesus Loves Me

Caregiving Monday: The Power of Jesus Loves Me

Last week, I shared the power of music over Alzheimer’s. When I began performing years ago, I made the decision to end every performance or musical session with Jesus Loves Me. I have discovered this is a song everyone knows.  I have even had Alzheimer patients that did not claim to be a Christian, but was still able to sing every word to Jesus Loves Me. Everyone knows the words to Jesus Loves Me.  This is one of the first…

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Caregiving Monday: The Power of Music on Alzheimers

Caregiving Monday: The Power of Music on Alzheimers

I’ve always believe music is the universal language.  Music can reach through time and cultural barriers to unite the listener. Time and again I have worked with Alzheimer patients that are completely lost to the disease.  Often the patient is unable to speak or move and has to have everything done for him/her. However, I begin to play or sing a hymn or old song and I began to see a spark that wasn’t there before. On many occasions these…

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Caregiving Monday: 10 Activities with Music for Senior Adults

Caregiving Monday: 10 Activities with Music for Senior Adults

Do you wish you could find activities with music for your loved one? When I go into nursing homes we often do various activities with music.  Many of these you can also do at home. Here are a few ideas: Toss a balloon { or beach ball} back and forth during a song Purchase a set of rhythm sticks and keep the beat {could also clap hands} Use Scarves and make different movements to the music Egg Shakers—shake to the…

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Caregiving Monday–Musical Ear Syndrome

Caregiving Monday–Musical Ear Syndrome

After GG* broke her neck four years ago, she began complaining about noises that were not there.   Often she hears people talking, songs that are not being played, etc. A visit to the doctor and some research showed that she has a condition called musical ear syndrome.  This is most common in individuals with severe hearing loss.  After breaking her neck, GG developed severe hearing loss. GG often tells us that we think she is crazy, but we actually believe…

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