“We need music on recipe,” urges Stefan Kölsch. The neuro-scientist, psychologist and sociologist, researches at the Norwegian University of Bergen to the effect of sounds on the brain. Just in the fight against neurologically-related diseases, he considers music to be at least as important as drugs – maybe even more important.
Kölsch, the playing excellent violin and targeted interdisciplinary works, supervised at the Norwegian University of a large long-term study that explores specifically the influence of music on the course of Alzheimer’s disease. Results will be available in about two years. Now is a Kölsch due to a similar, if much smaller studies from all over the world on the healing power of music. His biggest hope: that melodies and rhythms do not alleviate the course of dementia, but may also be a breath of fresh air could be, the new, healthy brain-generated cells.
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How can music actually help?
To do this, carers or family members need to work in the music life of the patient. What you already know about his musical preferences? Opera or hard rock? Musical or Country? Because patients with music, and the like, they never trigger the opposite of the desired effect: namely, disgust, defensiveness, Stress.
Kölsch is recommended if you start in the Dark, with quiet pieces in a moderate volume, and if possible without headphones. Promising about popular music from the youth of the patient is. Then, one should observe the sick accurately in the case of negative reactions to the music, switch off immediately and before the next attempt a long break.
In case of a positive reaction you can do with related items. The reactions observed, may monitor and, if possible, create a Plan: You want to encourage? Frank Sinatra. The music is to take the Fears or calm? Handel. The songs to animate to the movement? West Side Story. You want to evoke memories? Elvis.
Music biographies – as individual as the life of the people
Music can be used therapeutically in order to achieve certain effects, all of which support the patient in his everyday life. However: The music, biographies of people are as individual as your life. The majority of people connect key points and milestones of your career with music. The first love, the first kiss, the birth of a child.
Often this is also true for negative emotions: death, violence, accidents, illnesses, also it can be through music reminds. Therefore, it is very important to find for each patient individually according to the Playlist, try to find out what appears like on the sick.
Music as a loop in the common areas or elevators can be a Kölsch that is counterproductive. Because what Patient A listen to, can mean for Patient B Stress. However, individual headphones can be a challenge to Listen to for many people with dementia, Many perceive it as a grip or threat, if that is Foreign to them, or supposedly Unknown want something on the head or in the ears. Here, too, patience is Kölsch:. Try. Trial-and-error.
“Music creates identity, community, and Emotion”
Particularly good results, the psychologist observed, if the patients themselves make music and sing. “Music creates identity, community, and Emotion,” says Kölsch, “especially in groups.” The clapping and sing along altvertrauter songs don’t make the dementia, but it is the voice of the people happy, and train the brain.
Especially in the early stage, when people in a phased manner to reflect their loss of identity and conscious experience, triggers Alzheimer’s disease and often depression. To listen to own “live music”, to counteract this despondency, Convinced that Kölsch is better than tablets: Even if there is no “intellectual” power is measurable, so Kölsch, “one sees in the faces of the people that you are for this Moment, happy again”.