Research into the causes and treatments of Alzheimer's disease is ongoing, and there is hope that future developments may lead to a better understanding of the disease and new treatments that can improve the lives of those affected by it. At Harmony, our Signature Memory Care Program - Reflections is built on elements that support a senior living with Alzheimer’s disease. Reflections is a Family Focused Art and Music Centered Memory Care Program that engages the resident's present-day experiences while stimulating positive memories through therapeutic visual and tactile aids.
Art and music therapy have been found to be effective in improving the quality of life for seniors, particularly those with memory impairments such as dementia.
Improved Cognitive Function
Art and music can stimulate the brain and promote cognitive function, which is especially important for seniors with memory loss. Engaging in creative activities such as painting, drawing, or playing a musical instrument can help seniors exercise their brains and improve memory, attention, and concentration.
Reduced Anxiety and Depression
Seniors with memory loss often experience anxiety and depression due to the communication complications associated with dementia, which can be alleviated through art and music therapy. Engaging in creative activities can provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment, boosting self-esteem and reducing feelings of isolation and depression.
Enhanced Communication and Socialization
Art and music therapy can also enhance communication and socialization among seniors in memory care. Participating in group art or music activities can encourage seniors to connect with others and form meaningful connections, promoting a sense of community and reducing feelings of loneliness.
Increased Quality of Life
Art and music therapy can improve the quality of life for seniors in memory care by promoting physical and mental well-being, fostering social connections, and providing a sense of purpose and meaning. By incorporating creative activities into their daily routines, seniors can lead more fulfilling and enjoyable lives with a range of added benefits from improved cognitive function to enhanced communication and socialization.
Memory Care programs such as Harmony Reflections, which incorporate art and music into specialized memory care programming, have proven to be a valuable tool in promoting the health and happiness of seniors.