I volunteer in long-term care.
I am always amazed at the various entertainers they have in, from bands, to musicians, to quilters , a Victorian fashion show , all with activity aides who engage and challenge residents to get up and go.
The residents I visit are mostly people rural from farming communities. They often have musicians in to play country music, as that is their favourite. You can see them dancing and moving in their wheelchairs and having a grand time. Those with instruments play, others tap their toes.
There is joy, yet a new website I've found,
Music and Memory.org states,
"No one wants to end up alone and isolated in a nursing home. It’s hard enough to lose someone you love to Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. It’s terrifying to think you could end up there yourself, someday."
How negative can you get? They are a non-profit, and they write to capture bleeding heart donors.
The claims for using iPods with residents Finally, a way to give pleasure to persons with dementia Offers an enjoyable, fulfilling activity for persons in dialysis, on vent or bed-bound Increases cooperation and attention, reduces resistance to care—a real boost for staff morale Reduces agitation and sundowning Enhances engagement and socialization, fostering a calmer social environment Provides a valuable too for the effort to reduce reliance on anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medications
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