For those with dementia, there are certain activities that can be beneficial, as they can be stimulating to the mind.
Art therapy is one way in which those with dementia can have some brain stimulation. Painting or drawing can help someone with dementia for several different reasons. Art can be beneficial for a few different reasons. It can stimulate different parts of the brain. Although there is no cure for dementia, there are ways to at least slow down the symptoms. Art can help with that. Some seniors even seem to have a better memory while they are painting.
Another way in which art therapy can be helpful to someone with dementia is that it can give that person a sense of self. Many times, those with dementia will feel lost in who they are, and art can give them a way in which to express themselves. Through that expression, they can feel a little assurance in who they are, at least for a little while.
Music therapy is another creative form of therapy that can be helpful to those with dementia. One unique detail about music is that we use every part of our brain when we’re listening to or playing music. Exercising the brain is important for those who have dementia, so listening to music can be a good way to do that.
Music also affects emotions and brings back old memories. Listening to songs that a person associates with a certain event or person can be very helpful. Sometimes listening to certain music can change a person’s mood, so if someone with dementia feels disoriented, confused, or frustrated, music can help to calm that person down and can provide necessary brain stimulation.
Of course, keep in mind that each person can have different preferences, and this will affect the way a song affects each person. That doesn’t change with dementia. Playing songs that are connected to happy memories can be helpful. Another option is to play the soundtrack from a favorite movie.
Hopefully these tips on art and music therapy have given you some ideas about how to care for your loved one with dementia. Although these two forms of therapy will not cure your loved one, they do provide way to stimulate the mind and engage the person with dementia. If your loved one is in a memory care community, try to encourage him or her to participate in these types of activities, and maybe even speak to a staff member about doing the same.