Give the Gift of Music This Season
Remember When - Family Songbook Therapy Sessions That Awaken Memories
“Remember When” is a Virtual Live-Streamed Family Music Gathering Using Custom-Compiled Playlists to Stimulate Reminiscing, Deepen Relationships, and Awaken Memories in Loved Ones with Dementia.
What are the songs that define your happy family moments throughout the years?
I'll sing them.
Then the magic happens as you reminisce after each one, laugh, and maybe cry as we evoke memories for everyone.
Sounds simple but there is science behind this that shows real health and emotional benefits for you and for your loved one.
The benefits of using music for those with dementia has been shown to have lasting health and well-being benefits. Research indicates that at all stages of dementia musical interventions are needed and should be defined as essential pathways of care. In the UK and some other countries, music and other arts activities are now indicated as important in national guidelines for people with dementia. Music therapy helps memory, emotional regulation, social and relational communication with loved ones and those caring for them and in turn can facilitate stress reduction, which leads to increased relaxation, comfort, and happiness. Studies have shown improved well-being and mood, increased engagement, better language functioning, a reduction in challenging behaviors and better sleep.
A new study from the University of Toronto demonstrated the importance of personal music interventions. Michael Thaut, senior author said - “We have new brain-based evidence that autobiographically salient music — that is, music that holds special meaning for a person, like the song they danced to at their wedding — stimulates neural connectivity in ways that help maintain higher levels of functioning,”