Assisted Living Alzheimer’s Patients Show Improvement with Music Therapy
Assisted Living facilities at Cedar Park implements the latest technology to improve the lives of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s. Scientific studies show that music is a useful tool in many areas of health care including Alzheimer’s disease. MusicFirst clinical trials show a decrease of agitation and depression.
Studies indicate that the right music decreases anxiety, wandering, stress and pain. At the same time, it increases memory, energy, activity, appetite, mental sharpness, stroke recovery and verbal memory. Based on these studies Cedar Park has included music therapy in their Alzheimer’s assisted living facilities. The success of improved Alzheimer’s symptoms calls for the right music at the right time for patients.
MusicFirst Program Offered at Assisted Living Facilities
Professional music therapists, neuroscientists and designers created the MusicFirst program used at Cedar Park. The program consists of 1500 musical programs in over 40 different genres. MusicFirst divides its library into categories to improve specific Alzheimer’s behaviors. Any Internet connected device delivers music through a web-based option to patients and visitors simultaneously. The system utilizes a progressive download reducing the use of the Internet connection.
MusicFirst surveys have backed up the successful results that clinical trials and various studies have yielded. Surveys from assisted living facilities indicate the positive influence music can have on the behaviors that affect those who suffer from Alzheimer’s. Surveys show that music can increase energy levels, increase appetites, motivate participation in activities and improve wake up abilities by as much as 40 to 70 percent.
Agitation levels decreased on an average of 50 percent and wandering by 30 percent. The assisted living facility observed that music therapy can reduce the amount of medication Alzheimer’s residents need to control symptoms. Like any medical intervention, music therapy is not going to be the answer for every resident. For those that respond favorably to MusicFirst, the benefits are enormous. Social interaction and improved sleep habits is often accomplished through musical intervention.
Race, education, gender, profession or size does not matter when utilizing MusicFirst therapy. Music corresponds by skipping the brains intellectual level. Music is a link that targets emotions with the ability to elicit serene and peaceful responses. Alzheimer’s is a disease that deteriorates the mind. It is a difficult affliction for both the resident and the family. Cedar Park uses every tool at its disposal to ease the burden of Alzheimer’s.