The Music section in MindMate is one of the most popular areas of our app. Two of our previous blog posts (1 & 2) have been about this topic and we are happy that Tommy spoke to us about it in the video blog series. Watch the video to see why he thinks that music has an incredible part to play in dementia.
We don’t have much to add to this, as Tommy absolutely spoke from our hearts as well. Music is truly powerful!
What are your experiences with music and what is your favorite song? We also would love to get feedback for MindMate’s music feature! Let us know what you think in the comment section.
We hope you all had a lovely weekend and a good Monday!
This week’s video blog post deals with a very important topic in the field of dementia. People with dementia may sometimes behave aggressively, either physically or verbally, and this can be very stressful for the person and for their caregivers. Although people with dementia have the same needs as everyone they may be unable to recognise their needs. They often don’t know how to meet these needs or even communicate them to others. This is clearly frustrating and can lead to angry behaviour. It is essential for caregivers to try to understand the reasons behind this behaviour although it might be hard sometimes.
Tommy also experienced situations like that while caring for his mum. Watch the video to find out how he dealt with it:
Although it is a very difficult situation for the caregiver, it should not be forgotten that the person with dementia is having a hard time as well. There are ways of reacting to challenging situations like this:
by Gabriela Matic
I think we all agree that music has great power. In the last blog post about dementia and music we spoke about why music can help people with dementia and what parts of the brain are affected. This post will look at what music actually does with the brain and what fascinating effect it can have, not matter if you’re just listening to it or actually making music yourself.
by Gabriela Matic
The question if music really can help people with dementia has been very present in the past days. This is why I decided to dedicate two blog posts solely to music.
I personally do believe in the great power of music. Only listening to it can calm me, make me more focussed or motivate me for a work-out. Also, singing is a brilliant way to just have fun and let those endorphins fly. Oh, and the best thing about it is: you don’t even have to be a good singer for it to work.
Also, have you ever heard a song come on that you haven’t heard for ages and you are instantly taken back to a particular experience you had years ago? You are not only remembering, but reliving that moment. It takes you back to it like you never blinked an eye. It’s powerful.
I came across a video of Henry, an elderly man in a nursing home, who gets to listen to music from his youth, and the reaction is priceless: