Hans Christian Anderson may have lived in a fairy-tale world, but once he did accurately state, “When words fail, music speaks.”  One has to wonder if even hundreds of years ago, music was recognized as a form of therapy.


Music begins at birth with lullabies hummed or sung. Tunes are memorized as we age… in school, religious services, plays, concerts, and events. Music engages almost every part of the brain with both sides being pulled into action. Activity continues for some time after the music stops.


Dementia patients benefit exceptionally from music therapy. When music plays, or is remembered, toes start tapping, bodies move, eyes dance, and lips sync the music. Singing may be heard. Everyone has a melody or song to love, and Dementia patients are no exception.


“Music is the universal language of mankind.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. When there is nothing to talk about, turn on the radio, start humming a tune. A Senior with memory problems will soon “tune in” to a hymn or patriotic tribute. Visits with loved ones inspire memories and turn into pleasant private concerts with the help of music… perhaps even a family concert.


 “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” — Bob Marley. Should a Senior or loved one have a high level of anxiety with their dementia, music helps focus. When demonstrating nervousness, worry, or depression it is difficult to determine how to distract such behavior. Start the music! A soothing melody or classical piece will soon become the focus, relieving them of inner fears.


Emotional responses are lasting results of the power of music. “Feel good” chemicals…dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin are produced when enjoying music. The listener is rewarded with happier emotions and hopefully fortunate enough to recall a memory.


To paraphrase Rob Sheffield, music journalist for Rolling Stone magazine… Music brings the times lived through, the people memories were shared with, all to life. Put tunes together and they add up to the story of a life. Share those moments at every opportunity.


Bridge to Better Living understands life is like a song. Our one-on-one service focuses on each client’s individual melody and puts the notes together. Once you contact Bridge to Better Living, the music begins and soon you, your loved one, or Senior will be enjoying music and life in a well-chosen Senior Community.