1. 288 - From Stress Relief to Joyful Moments: The Many Roles of Music in Caregiving Alzheimer's Caregivers 53:37
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Music plays a multifaceted and vital role in dementia caregiving, offering a range of benefits that extend far beyond stress relief. For individuals with dementia, music can evoke memories, trigger emotions, and facilitate communication when other forms of connection may become challenging. Caregivers harness the power of music to create a sense of familiarity, comfort, and joy in their interactions.

Learn the trick to making music engagement easier in this weeks conversation.

Music can uniquely transport individuals with dementia to specific moments in their past, eliciting reminiscence and triggering positive emotions. It can reduce anxiety and agitation, creating a calming and soothing environment. Caregivers often use personalized playlists, incorporating songs from the individual’s youth or culturally significant music, to promote engagement and spark memories.

Beyond emotional well-being, music can also enhance cognitive function. Rhythmic patterns and melodies can help improve attention, stimulate cognitive processes, and support language abilities. Singing or playing musical instruments can encourage motor skills and coordination, fostering a sense of accomplishment and self-expression.

Moreover, music offers a shared experience for caregivers and individuals with dementia, promoting connection, bonding, and moments of joy. Caregivers often find that music transcends the limitations of verbal communication and allows for meaningful connections that bring comfort to both parties.

But what if you can’t find the right music to connect with your loved one? That was my situation which made me the ideal person to chat with Stephen Hunt of Vera. An app that helps you find the specific pieces of music that will likely envoke all the positive benefits listed above.

Find the app here.

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After helping care for her grandmother who had vascular dementia, Jennifer realized her Mother was showing signs of early onset Alzheimer’s. After the death of her father in 2017 Jennifer went searching for answers to many of the common questions and Alzheimer’s caregiver faces. Being a busy entrepreneur Jennifer realized that a podcast would be the easiest way to learn more about caregiving while completing other tasks.

Sadly, in late 2017 she only found one and it didn’t quite address what she was looking for, so she did the next best thing, and started her own. The Fading Memories podcast is now in it’s fourth year and despite the death of her Mom in March 2020, Jennifer is still talking to caregivers and still learning how to be an excellent caregiver. On the podcast she discusses caregiving, brain health, self-care and how to age well.