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Why Dementia is a concern?

According to World Health Organisation (WHO),
Alzheimer’s and dementia patients have a
death rate of 2.38% or 3996 death in Malaysia in 2020. Besides, 8.5% of older adult suffers from dementia symptoms. This blog is going to explore how music can reduce dementia.

What is dementia?

Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning — thinking, remembering, and reasoning — to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. Some people with dementia cannot control their emotions, and their personalities may change.

Why music?

It can help reduce anxiety and depression, help maintain speech and language, is helpful for the older adult, enhances the quality of life, and has a positive impact on the patient. Research suggests that listening to or singing songs can provide emotional and behavioural benefits for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

What kind of music helps dementia patients?

Listening to soft classical music or non-rhythmic instrumental background music may also improve mood and boost cognition, according to research.


How to help your loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease using music. A simple and easy 6-step guide

1.     Think about your loved one’s preferences

2.     Set the mood

3.     Avoid overstimulation

4.     Encourage movement

5.     Sing along

6.     Pay attention to your loved one’s response