How do you feel when you hear an old song? If you’re like most of us it takes you back instantly to another time and place. Music has a way of reaching in and sparking memories within us in a way that is unique and powerful. And this is especially true for those individuals who are challenged by dementia.
While we may be social distancing these days, at our Anthem communities, the spirit of music is keeping lots of positive energy flowing. Recording and sharing these moments is bringing lots of smiles and joy to our residents, their families and our loving staff members.
We’d like to share a few of these special moments with you, courtesy of our talented and wonderful residents. Enjoy!
Jackie sits down to play piano at Willowbrook Place Memory Care in Littleton, Colorado.
Staff member, Gabriel, serenades Daisy at Vineyard Place Memory Care in Murrieta, California.
Maria, also a resident at Vineyard Place Memory Care, sings a rousing version of "Amore"!
A very special window serenade at Porter Place Memory Care in Tinley Park, Illinois.
Music is such an important part of all of our lives, regardless of the challenges before us. Adding some cheerful melodies into the lives of our residents helps them connect, not only to the melodies themselves, but to family members and the loving staff around them.
If you are a family caregiver at home with a loved one challenged by dementia, try playing some of their favorite tunes. It can bring a little added sunlight into their day and perhaps even spark a few spontaneous memories.