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Art and Music Therapy Prompt Connections for Alzheimer’s Patients

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If possible, eliminate competing noise by doing things like turning off the television while listening to music. Commercials that interrupt the music may also be confusing to a person with Alzheimer’s.

Because Alzheimer’s disease affects the way the brain works, music that appeals to you may sound bad to the patient. Make sure the volume is not too loud and change songs if you receive a negative response to a particular song or style of music.

Art and music therapy can stimulate communication and provide emotional expression.

If you have questions about sharing art or music with a person with Alzheimer’s disease, or to find a certified therapist, talk to your health care professional.

Sources:

Web MD. Art and Music Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease. Web. November 23, 2014.
http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/guide/alzheimers-basics

Alzheimer’s Association. Music, Art and Alzheimer’s. Web. November 23, 2014.
http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-music-art-therapy.asp#art

American Art Therapy Association. Art Therapy Educational Standards & American Art Therapy Association Approved Art Therapy Master’s Programs. Web. November 23, 2014.
http://www.arttherapy.org/aata-educational-programs.html

American Music Therapy Association. What is Music Therapy? Web. November 23, 2014.
http://www.musictherapy.org/about/musictherapy

Reviewed November 25, 2014
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

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