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How Does SPARK Memories Radio Help Seniors with Alzheimer’s?

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Music encourages relaxation, stimulates memory and regulates mood, making it a useful tool for families providing Phoenix Alzheimer’s home care for their elderly loved ones. Modern technology has made the use of music therapy even easier. SPARK Memories Radio, a new app, harnesses the power of music to help alleviate the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, SPARK Memories Radio may benefit him or her in many ways.

Unlike other types of music therapy, SPARK Memories Radio specifically chooses songs from a crucial period in your loved one’s life: ages 13-25, a time when many emotional connections to music are formed. With the help of this app’s birthdate function, there is no longer a need to hunt for your loved one’s favorite songs because everything is already tailored to the listener. You can even specify your loved one’s favorite genres of music. 

SPARK Memories Radio co-founder Dr. Rudolph Tanzi specifically designed this app to increase brain activity and emotional awareness in seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It has been scientifically proven that familiar rhythms and melodies can stimulate the brain’s motor responses and evoke positive memories and reactions. Many seniors who listen their favorite music experience increased functionality and lucidity and reduced anxiety and confusion. 

Using music therapy tools like SPARK Memories Radio can also help rebuild emotional connections between you and your loved one. Sharing the experience of music through dancing, tapping toes, and singing along can provide a meaningful way to interact together and share an emotional bond.

Responding to music is one of the most automatic brain functions, and the therapeutic effects of music can accompany your loved one through all stages of Alzheimer’s. SPARK Memories Radio’s co-founders have noted that, even in the later stages of the disease, familiar music continues to stimulate synaptic brain activity and relieve symptoms.

Music therapy is just one way to help your loved one manage Alzheimer’s symptoms and maintain a high quality of life. You can also seek assistance from the dedicated caregivers at Phoenix Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can engage your loved one in mentally stimulating activities, provide emotional support, and help with a wide variety of tasks around the house. For more information on elder home care Phoenix, AZ, seniors and their families can count on, call one of our experienced Care Managers at 602.388.1085 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.