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Posted on May 29, 2016 in General

Piano for the elderly

 

 

I cannot tell you how important music is for the elderly. I am going to try though. First, a little back ground on my family. My grandma on my mother’s side had Alzheimer’s and eventually died because of complications of this horrible disease. She got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and while on her way back to her room she flashed back to her old house. In her old house she would always put on her favorite, but cheap ugg boots before she would go anywhere. On this night, she didn’t have them. She turned the wrong way in the dark, got lost and stubbed her toe, falling straight into a low dresser and breaking a hip. While in the hospital for her hip she deteriorated and just seemed to simply give up. It is a disease that takes far too many great minds and hurts way too many families. It hurt us !
On the days my grandma was at her worst, pop would play her favorite music. He played one particular CD over and over and over again, as loud as grandma could stand it.  This seemed to help her focus on the thing she loved, singing the lyrics. It wouldn’t always help her to remember, but it felt like it did help in some ways each time.

Even if she was having a good day there would always be some type of music playing in the back ground. Music holds a power like none other. It grounds people and keeps us together. Of course, these are just my opinions and that of my beloved grandma.

If you have a family member who needs to be put into an assisted living facility one of the many things that needs to be asked about the music played in the home. I believe that just like a school music should be a daily activity in nursing homes. I believe music aids old minds by keeping the neurons firing and helps the mind stay lucid as long as possible. I think that there should be a music time daily. A piano open to anyone who wants to play.  Ahhh, the piano, grandmas favorite . I wish I had spent more time with grandma and I know she would have loved to see more of me and my sister , who played the piano so well.

We use music for entertainment. We use it for everyday life, to keep us motivated, to bring our emotions up or down whatever we may need. It really is like a medication for our brains, more over our souls. As we age, we change but will never stop using music. Make sure the elders in your life have access to use music till the end of their time here on earth. I just know it will make the remainder of their years more pleasant for them.

 

MD

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