The Joy of Music | How Music Helps Seniors Who have Alzheimer’s Disease

The Joy of Music

How can music help seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease?

Research suggests that music can:

  • Relieve stress
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Reduce agitation


These results can apply to seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

“Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer’s disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease.” – Jonathan Graff-Radford, MD

Keeping time to the Music –

Choose the right time and place, avoid overstimulation and join in the dance. Clapping hands, toe-tapping, singing along, and movement provide further engagement and enjoyment.

“Music is the universal language of mankind.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Your Playlist

Music that is familiar and is associated with prior experiences have a higher potential for engagement. From Classical to R & B, Sinatra to The Stones, choose the music together and add or subtract from your playlist as you go. Music is a wonderful thing to share and bring together family and friends, juniors and seniors, there are no age limits on musical enjoyment. Plan a musical outing with your favourite Senior?

Homecare West is proud to be the series sponsor for Classics at the Smith at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art.

Our next concert is January 14th, 2020 featuring the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastien Bach, Swan Hennessy and Peter Schickele.