GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Scott Silknitter from Caregiving 101 and Tom Garcia from Southern Evergreen teamed up to show caregivers how to deliver music to your loved one no matter where they are in your home.
One of the most talked about tools to help our loved ones with issues like dementia or Parkinson’s is Music therapy. Many of us have seen videos and read articles about how when it used appropriately, music can:
• shift mood
• manage stress-induced agitation,
• stimulate positive interactions
• facilitate cognitive function and
• coordinate motor movements
If a caregiver finds that music helps their loved one peacefully get through the day, then they need to find as may ways to introduce music as possible.
Not everyone is going to walk around with headphones, So we must look at music systems that allow us to deliver music to them. Here are a couple of ideas:
• Many adult children have given their aging parents some type of smart phone or tablet so they can stay in touch with applications like skype or facetime. We can use that device to deliver music to our loved one as well. We can connect our device to a wireless Bluetooth speaker which allows us to play music throughout any part of the house. If we move from one room to another, we simply take the speaker with us and place it on a shelf or table.
• Cable companies offer music channels which can help in the living room, which is a great start. We can then tie that music into the surround system in our home
Again, it is always the little things that make a difference and thanks to technology, we can let our loved one enjoy the benefits of music therapy with tools many people already have in their homes.