This is a quote which rings true here at Astley as we often see the positive impacts of music therapy. Our lifestyle and wellbeing lead, Hayley, this month said “The joy, laughter, smiles, singing and dancing that I witnessed today was what makes Astley Hall such a special place! Both the residents and the staff came together and enjoyed music and each other’s company in a magical way!” This was after a thoroughly uplifting music therapy session with the talented Ray Mytton.
The science behind music therapy
Research from Music For Dementia charity has found that in care home settings singing can reduce depression by 40% and anxiety by 50%. Music therapy reduces agitation and the need for medication by 67% in people with dementia.
Music imprints itself on the brain. It evokes emotion and memories. So many times we hear a song on the radio and are reminded of a moment in our lives. “What music do you like?” is a question we ask new residents as part of their See Me Story. Listening to our favourite songs gives us a sense of calm, familiarity and grounding and can really lift our moods.
The Supremes were one resident’s choice recently – nothing like some Motown classics to get us on our feet dancing! Check out the fantastic videos on our Facebook page.
Music as part of our activities
Music bonds people together and that is certainly the case with our Astley family. There were Irish songs a-plenty for our St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Plus fancy dress, Guinness, Shamrock cookie baking, Irish bingo and steak and Guinness pie on the menu.
Softer sensory music helps with relaxation and focus for our wellbeing sessions with June.
And the singing of children always brings huge smiles to residents faces. Our Astley School Easter Service was a recent wonderful event. Though just the chatter of kiddies and their enthusiasm for everything gives that same burst of happiness. Whilst we are all hoping for some sunnier days, a room full of residents and the Debutots kiddies, with a colourful parachute and a bubble machine, is the perfect tonic to the grey weather.
Now we are looking forward to the Coronation weekend, decorating our home and party planning. And, of course, to some long-awaited sunshine!