By Robin Rio

For individuals discomfort with dementia, the area can turn into a lonely and remoted position. track has lengthy been a necessary software in transcending cognitive matters; bringing humans jointly, and permitting anyone to dwell within the second. This trouble-free booklet demonstrates how even easy sounds and activities can interact individuals with dementia, selling leisure and pleasure. All that is had to be successful is a love of tune, and a wish to achieve better verbal exchange and extra significant interplay with dementia victims. Even those that have misplaced many social and highbrow functions will nonetheless take pleasure in vocal and rhythmic melody, and be ready to contain themselves in musical discussion. compatible for college students or access point pros in tune treatment, nursing and care-related fields, "Connecting via track with individuals with Dementia" also will attract expert musicians drawn to operating in healthcare.

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First, the skin offers more surface area to be tapped or touched, and second, the instrument can either be played like a drum or shaken. Tambourines without skins can be shaken or tapped against something, but cannot be hit with a mallet or drum beater owing to the lack of surface area. Try out 29 CONNECTING THROUGH MUSIC WITH PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA different types and see which kind you prefer. Again, take into consideration size and sound quality. Some skins are made of high-quality human-made fibers that can be cleaned easily.

41 CONNECTING THROUGH MUSIC WITH PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA It is not just the person with dementia who may be under stress, but you as well (Bonner 2005). Since the benefits of singing are an increase in deeper and more “conscious” breathing, relaxation and physical stimulation are benefits that can be received by you as well as the recipient of your care (Clair 1996). The following vocal exercises may be used to help warm up your voice and develop breath control. I have learned them over the years from voice teachers and choral directors, and through experiences working with different vocal sounds with my clients and residents, and with music therapy students.

Always take a slow, deep breath before singing. It is best to sing from the deepest part of your belly, using the muscle called the diaphragm. The third exercise listed below (Cleveland Clinic Foundation 1995–2008) describes an exercise for diaphragmatic breathing for improving lung health, and is also a wonderful way to improve singing and overall health. The last three exercises listed help to develop your sound production and ability to shift easily between notes. HISS LIKE A SNAKE Take a deep breath and let the air out slowly between your teeth making a “sss” sound like a hissing snake.

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