Do you ever hear a song and it takes you back to a certain specific memory of a place or time? Music is so powerful at triggering memories, which is why music therapy and using music in general can be a powerful tool for our residents. That is one reason Arizona Sunset Assisted Living looks forward to utilizing our entertaining room for piano and voice recitals, sing alongs, and music by our talented visitors or even residents. We also have an Amazon Echo Show in our kitchen/great room area for not only music requests from our residents, but also face to face calls with any resident families who also own an Echo Show.
From the article, "Music therapy can promote communication between therapists and patients in individual settings or among patients in group settings. “Undoubtedly, it’s one of the most engaging and emotionally powerful stimuli,” says Carpente. “Listening to music can have strong effects on people's moods, thinking, and even their physiology, which constitutes a probable reason certain songs remind us so vividly of a specific memory. That being said, memory is a mental system that receives, stores, organizes, alters, and recovers information from sensory input. Emotions and memory are very much linked, and because music is charged emotionally, it can trigger past memories, good and bad.”