Actually, music can be considered a better “medicine” than “treatment” because it has only positive side effects and it is enjoyable. It has been shown that music can help organize the brain, especially to those who suffer from Alzheimer’s. After a few minutes of music, there are usually observable effects like foot tapping, clapping and singing.
The positive results include increased socialization, reduced agitation and elevated mood. This is attributed to the stimulation received by the brain during music therapy, which is a sort of “cognitive workout” that often inspires physical movement.
As traditional forms of communication are compromised, music provides an alternative mean of connection between caregiver and patient, thereby helping to normalize interaction. When music is used therapeutically, it creates an appropriate environment where the patient can be cared for and nurtured in a safe and gentle way.
Many research studies have considered music therapy as an important adjunct to medical treatment for slowing the progression of dementia. Music is central to our lives and expressed by each of us every day whether through keeping rhythm with a pencil or dancing to a favorite tune. It is primal to life and links us to our world, providing comfort and inspiration.
For a therapeutic music program, you do not need any special musical training; nevertheless you need to select appropriate music. This music consists from familiar tunes from the past with contemporary music included, depending on the age or preference of the participant.
Appropriate music does not only improve depression, anxiety and pain – especially in older people – but it also allows surgery to proceed with minimal anesthesia and medication and even shortens hospital stays. Furthermore, it is capable of lowering blood pressure, slowing excessive heartbeat and relaxing mind. Thus, you can say music therapy proves to be of immense value.