Recent research supports the use of music therapy for caregivers of persons with dementia. There are several ways music can provide respite from the often-overwhelming stress felt from the responsibilities of daily caregiving. Music also provides opportunities for spouses and families to enjoy special time with loved ones.
Caregivers can include music as part of self-care by listening to music, using music with breathing exercises, progressive relaxation, movement, and visualizations to help manage stress and cope with the demands of caregiving. Playing an instrument or songwriting can also provide therapeutic benefits.
Sharing active music experiences can have a positive effect on moods and mental health for caregivers and persons with dementia. Listening to music and engaging in music-related activities provide wonderful ways for spouses and families to experience closer connections with their loved ones, while creating precious memories together.