I saw the documentary Alive Inside at a caregiver’s conference a few years ago. It was originally produced in 2014. Here’s a piece of the documentary, and it’s just amazing:
I’m a musician as well as a caregiver, and I’ve seen firsthand how music can unlock some memories. Even to the very end I noticed how with a little musical prompting Dad was able to remember song lyrics and sing along. To this day, music is my secret weapon. Once I find out what my client is into (classical, bluegrass, pop, Celtic) I can help get a grin out of him.
The Music & Memory organization hooks seniors up with iPods and headphones. Myself, I’m a little more old school. On the job, Pandora is my friend. The phone app gets heavy play, but any streaming music service works.