“I figure right now the world needs to come into music.” – Henry, a patient with dementia
My Dad loved Big Band music. As a child, I can remember him spinning tunes on his stereo that included the greats like: Louis Armstrong, the Dorsey Brothers, Ray Eberle, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller.
While I cared for my father during his journey through vascular dementia, I learned that one of the best forms of medicine to soothe his soul was his favorite music. I became grateful for the Music Choice Singers and Swing Station I could play on our cable TV on demand. Seeing my Dad tap his feet or move his hands like a conductor could always bring a smile to my face even during my most exhausting and stressful days.
Henry, the man quoted above, wisely says it best. The world definitely needs to come into music. Henry is one of the inspiring patients with dementia who is featured in the soon to be released (July 2014) award winning documentary, “Alive Inside.” A wonderful video snippet from the film that features Henry has gone viral. What he says toward the end of the video after coming alive with his music is amazing. You can see the video on YouTube by clicking here.
Practice Tip: Remember to dose yourself regularly with a time tested non-pharmaceutical medication, MUSIC. This can provide a gateway to moments of peace and relaxation that are vital to sustain your energy during the challenging journey of care.
May you Drift Away and free your soul with your favorite music, fellow caregivers!
PS: If you are caring for a loved one or clients with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, you do not want to miss the next Caregiving Power Hour on Sunday, April 27th. Dr. Ethelle Lord will be joining us to discuss how to best lead supports for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. You can secure your FREE spot on the tele-seminar at http://www.caregivingpowerhour.com. If you cannot attend live, the call recording will be sent to all who register.