To help recall memories of people who suffered Dementia, a music therapy was introduced called “Playlist for Life”.
Dementia also known as senility is widely spreading and now affecting even at early age. This is refers to brain diseases, causes a long term and often gradual decrease in the ability of person to think and remember. Victims usually forget daily routine and person’s daily functioning is affected.
This disease affects brain’s ability to think, reason out and even to remember clearly. People having such kind of disease my experience emotional problems, problems with language, and a decrease in motivation. Repeating things, personality changes are other signs.
Symptoms experienced in the early stage generally gets worsen. Persons memory, language, attention are the most common affected areas. This begins gradually and worsens progressively over several years. The worst common form or type is the Alzheimer’s disease.
To help victims of this kind of disease, a music therapy called “Playlist for Life” been introduced. This encourages every family member as well as the persons taking care of the victim to personally create meaningful music on an iPod, exclusively for people suffering from dementia.
This is established by BBC presenter Sally Magnusson, based on the positive effect of music on her late mother’s dementia. Magnusson is a Scottish broadcaster and writer main presenters of the long-running religious television program Songs of Praise.
With the help of music, it was proved that people with dementia given access to the music in which their experience and memories are embedded can improve their mood, awareness, ability to understand, think and even their sense of identity.
The landmark study has been welcomed as the first clear evidence that people with mental health problems should have music therapy, thus using songs to recall their lost memories and evidences has been shown.
People having such disease needs help and care. This kind of disease changes their eating habit, their appetite may decline and even comes to the point that they do not want to eat anymore. Those with late-stage often need pureed diets, thickened liquids, and assistance in eating. They may also refuse from getting out of the bed.
Computerized Cognitive training also given, however no claim to prevent the said disease. Change of lifestyle and complete medication is still recommended for Dementia patients, though medications has not been proven to be effective. IMAGE/www.playlistforlife.org.uk