Music plays an important role in our lives. Why else would a popular radio programme run for so many years and be based on a famous person’s favourite tunes?
Without doubt, music has the ability to boost or change our mood, re-awaken memories and have a significant and lasting effect on our emotions.
Here at the Chiswick, the strains of music will often be heard percolating along the corridors – whether from a resident’s radio, a good, old, group sing-song, as the background to some other form of activity or just as an all-round mood enhancer..
Research shows that music can prompt a real reaction in those who have Alheizmer’s and dementia. On occasions, it can help to restore some cognitive functions in dementia patients as well as transport them to key events in their life, no matter how far in the past. This can have significant benefits on a resident’s mental health and happiness.
It is not unusual for those whose memory seems to have deserted them to suddenly recall the words to and sing along to a song that might appear to have been forgotten. And even for those for whom words have become difficult, we sometimes delight in seeing some foot tapping, swaying in time to the music or a smile of recognition.
So, let the music play on.