I’ve just had the most stressful month of my life. My 79-year-old Mom was taken to the hospital and became unresponsive, confused, upset, and convinced her doctor was trying to hurt her. Nothing the nurses and doctors did could change anything. I didn’t know what to do. She was getting worse and to be honest – I was ready to try anything.
Then I had an idea. What about her music?
Music changed everything. Her blood pressure came down, her heart rate stabilized, she became more calm, accepting, and began taking her medication again. Somehow the music brought her out of the fog and allowed her to connect with her old self again. It’s over now, and she’s safely living with us. But I’ll never forget the power music had to bring relief to my Mom. Today, she’s never far from her music player.
So what brings you here? Do you have a family member in pain or suffering? Do you love someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s? Or are you just interested in finding a simple and easy music player without all the confusing buttons? Whatever the reason, you’re very welcome to stay awhile…
Summary – Here are our Top 3
- The Simple Music Player – MP3 Music Box for Alzheimer’s and dementia. When we began our review, we thought WOW – this is too expensive. Then we heard from customers, did our research, and now feel differently. Yes, there are cheaper music players, but the Simple Music Player has been DESIGNED to work for those who can no longer operate a radio, MP3 player, or TV remote. Read some owner’s reviews here. There’s no other player that’s better suited or easier for Alzheimer’s or dementia patients, and it can make all the difference in the World to them.
- The Memory Loss One Button Radio This radio can be set up and controlled completely by just ONE BUTTON. Take the front panel off, choose your station and volume then replace the panel. Has to be the easiest solution for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, memory loss, visual impairment, or poor dexterity. Find out more here.
- iGuerburn Upgraded 16GB Simple Music MP3 Player With just a few cautions, we’re adding this player to the list for 2020. As long as you are reasonably confident you have someone in the family who can create a USB with your loved one’s favorite music on it and set it up – you should be fine. It’s a quality item, sent in quality packaging that many people are reviewing as one of the best. Has to be the easiest solution for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, memory loss, visual impairment, or poor dexterity. Find out more here.
Does Music Really Help?
Yes, it does. We are learning more all the time about how to lovingly care for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, but recent studies by Cambridge, Sydney, and Boston Universities (among many others) prove music is one of the most powerful tools we have to alleviate suffering, change mood, re-connect and reduce anxiety, depression, and agitation.
Here are 7 benefits covered in the studies:
- Memory Support – Melody and lyrics may be recalled long after names, faces, and dates have been forgotten. The way in which music is stored and processed in the brain uses both hemispheres and varying locations. Researchers believe musical memories are retained longer as they are stored beyond affected areas.
- Triggers – Some of the most important, emotional, and memorable events in our lives are accompanied by music. We all feel this. Our first dance, date, kiss… Music triggers this same phenomenon for those with dementia and promotes recollection of places, events, and people. Associated emotions may be positive and uplifting as we use music as a form of celebration or occasion.
- Expression – when verbal communication becomes difficult, it becomes crucial to explore ways to communicate non-verbally. Tapping, rocking, clapping – any responsive behavior becomes an opportunity for self-expression, communication, and connection.
- Familiarity – music is powerful, yes, but the studies overwhelmingly show that personalized music is far more so. If family, friends, and carers can take the time to ensure the music played is to the taste, liking, culture, and background of the patient, the benefits can be multiplied. Fair enough too! Who among us wants to listen to our least favorite music?
- Social and Emotional Needs – when we are born, it’s the human voice that comforts and soothes us. We have deeply seated needs for inclusion, connection, attachment, and comfort. Music can assist in meeting all these needs, especially if we listen, enjoy, and create it together.