Music and art can enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease. Both allow for self-expression and engagement, even after dementia has progressed. MUSIC can be powerful. Studies have shown music may reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues that are common in the middle-stages of the disease. Even in the late-stages of Alzheimer's, a person may be able to tap a beat or sing lyrics to a song from childhood. Music provides a way to connect, even after verbal communication has become difficult. ART PROJECTS can create a sense of accomplishment and purpose. They can provide the person with dementia — as well as caregivers — an opportunity for self-expression (from alz.org).
Oliver Sacks, M.D., noted neurologist and best-selling author of Musicophilia, discusses below the impact of personalized music on people suffering from Alzheimer’s and severe memory loss.