4 Types of Therapy Alzheimer’s Patients Actually Enjoy

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Therapy isn’t normally a word that brings with it a positive connotation. But we think the methods of therapy you’ll find here do.

While more traditional methods certainly do have their place in how Alzheimer’s is treated, there’s no harm in taking a look elsewhere every once in a while for something new to explore. So, as you scroll through this brief list, you’ll be familiarized with four alternative methods of therapy.

Enjoy, and be sure to tell us how it goes!


Animal Therapy

Dogs usually get the most credit here when it comes to animal therapy, and for good reason. They’re loyal. They listen. They pass no judgment. But honestly, so do many other animals For instance, check out these therapy pigs!

According to The Alzheimer’s Project, where therapy animals truly assist those suffering from Alzheimer’s is in their social lives. The Alzheimer’s Project goes on to say that obstacles of dementia include: “apathy, irritability, restlessness, depression, difficulty engaging in social activities, and a risk in loneliness and isolation,” all of which the calming presence of a therapy animal can help combat.


Art Therapy

Art therapy not only provides something for those suffering from Alzheimer’s to focus on; it can provide a way for both memories and difficult feelings to be communicated. According to Art Therapy, it can also improve concentration and stamina.

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One fabulous thing about art therapy is that it’s portable: it can be done in the home, or at the facility, or even out in the front yard. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has some great suggestions on how best to conduct art therapy, including how to create a comfortable setting, and how to go about making a small gallery of drawings and paintings!


 Music Therapy

Human beings respond to music, and in a more scientific way than one would probably think: it affects our brains. Touched by music is the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for storing long-term memories. One song can take us back to our first family vacation. Another can take us back to our first school dance. Yet another can transport us back to when we first fell in love.

So, in a way, music, by way of the hippocampus, can be viewed as a tunnel to the soul. It recovers and revives things like no other medicine can. Alive Inside, a 2014 film by Michael Rossato-Bennett, is an exploration of just that. Check out the trailer below:

For some Do-s and Don’t-s of music therapy, check out this article.


Device Therapy

Therapy delivered via devices allows for those suffering from Alzheimer’s to interact with their memories. They’re able to touch something in addition to the usually-tapped sense of audio and visual. There are two particular options we get really excited about.

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Available as a downloadable application, Grey Matters essentially combines art therapy and music therapy, allowing caregivers and family members to stimulate the senses of their patient and loved one. You can check out the video by following this link.

Another device that can be viewed as a non-traditional method of therapy is a memory box. Interested to see what a memory box is? We’ll tell you here, and we’ll even offer some great suggestions on what to place in the memory box!


Which methods of alternative therapy did we miss!? Let us know in the comment section!

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G.D. resides in West Michigan. When he isn’t writing (or editing), you can find him outside, riding a bike, reading a book, or just plain running. Other interests include sports (of any kind), music (again, any kind) and cinema (a bit pickier here).