Music therapy has been recognised as a powerful and important therapeutic modality applied to a wide range of psychiatric conditions including dementia. It is one of the many forms of music therapy that is less likely to be affected by social anxiety and has been shown to reduce agitated behaviour in demented elderly.
Karaoke creates physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic and spiritual experiences which allow the participants to identify themselves with characters and moods pictured and described in the songs they perform. Elderly can also conversely project and express their feelings in songs they perform.
Dance movement therapy is aimed towards the holistic growth and development of the individual through the integration of various aspects of functioning. It helps the individual to take every step in a very creative and simple way.
Mind & Body Connection: Dance therapy helps ease problematic behaviours such as agitation which is common among individuals with dementia who are frustrated with their changing abilities. It helps individual to calm down, reassuring, boosts self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Building Motor Skills: It enhances motor functioning helping with balance and coordination. It is also useful for individuals with Parkinson’s as it helps to maintain motor functioning.
- Agitation Management: Non-verbal individuals in late dementia often become agitated out of frustration and sensory overload from the inability to process environmental stimuli. Engaging them in singing, rhythm playing, dancing, physical exercise, and other structured music activities can diffuse this behaviour and redirect their attention. It stimulates memories and provides opportunities for reminiscence.
- Emotional Closeness: As dementia progresses, individuals typically lose the ability to share thoughts and gestures of affection with their loved ones. However, they retain their ability to move with the beat until very late in the disease progresses.
Green care farms can be a very valuable activity for elderlies in Day Care activities Centre. They provide an attractive, homelike environment and activities that positively influence engagement and social interaction.
If one has a green thumb and a keen interest in nature, Hovicare welcomes them! Like-minded individual’s work together to grow everything from herbs to flowering plants and edible greens. Aside from being good exercise, one gets to meet fellow plant enthusiasts as well as reap the satisfaction of watching the plants under their care blossom and grow.