Caregiver You Are Not Alone: Mike’s Story

Music and Dementia: Magical Moments Bring Back Memories

Music Soothes the Savage Breast

This famous quotation from William Congreve (1670-1629) evidently more truth to it than he ever realized four hundred years ago. “Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast. To soften rocks, or bend the knotted oak.”

I don’t share this quote to suggest that people with dementia are savages. Nor do I believe William Congreve was referring to savages when he wrote that poem. I believe it’s a reference to the times in our life when we are angry, worried, or overcome with the type of fear and confusion that makes us question our place in the world and our connection to the people close to us.

Music can be magical in the way it connects us to memories and shared experiences. If the person in your care is agitated or being aggressive or not communicating, playing their favorite music can make a huge difference. Try it and let me know how it goes.

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