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Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) December 31, 2012
Today 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimers disease or other forms of dementia (Alzheimers Association Facts and Figures 2012). Alzheimers disease affects many functions of the brain, such as problem solving, memory, communicating, and visual/spatial awareness. As the person has more difficulty thinking, they often stop doing tasks, socializing with others, and participating in hobbies.
Individuals with dementia can also have periods of anxiety or agitation. Potential causes for this include frustration, worry, and boredom. This poses a challenge for caregivers, as they search for ways to keep the person active, while avoiding feelings of frustration and failure.
One activity that has been proven successful with people with dementia, is the use of music. The parts of the brain that have to do with music and emotional memory are often less affected by the dementia. Therefore, music may stimulate and connect with people with dementia in a way that spoken words cannot. People in late stages of dementia, who rarely speak, have been noted to come alive to music being played, singing along or tapping their foot.