The Power of Music in Care

Using music which is familiar and preferred by the person you care for, can provide an opportunity to engage in an activity that may stimulate emotions and movement (dance), address social and spiritual needs and help connect the carer to the person.

The Power of Music in Care

We found through Dementia Support Australia (DSA), the following facts about the use of music that can also benefit Palliative Care patients:

  • Music can provide stimulating and emotional experiences and help people tap into deep memories which may be linked to significant life events, for example, a wedding, birth of children and memories from childhood.
  • It may move people emotionally without depending on memory and help with mood elevation and the reduction of anxiety, pain and depression.
  • This can be useful if utilized prior to an activity, which can be distressing for the person, for example engaging in personal care. It may also encourage people to relax before retiring before bed, or help them to relax during the day.
  • Music can stimulate a physical response which can present as dancing, clapping, tapping thus encouraging gentle exercise and promoting physical well-being.
  • Listening to music with another person can help to create connections, encourage conversation and form relationships.

As per DSA, music has often been used as an alternative to medication to reduce the impact of behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia, and such unmet needs as:

  • Agitation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Apathy
  • Cultural and Spiritual Needs
  • Lack of Meaningful Stimulation / Occupation
  • Loneliness / Social Isolation
  • Reduced Sleep and Appetite

We also found this interest article on how music helped Evelyn feel more confident and improve her life significantly through the use of music.

Read article HERE

Find DSA Care Staff Helpsheet HERE