Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole … classic holiday music to help tap into good old memories.
There’s something about Christmas carols that immediately take us back to joyful holidays past. And it’s no wonder: Music and the brain are deeply linked. Studies have shown that music can awaken the brain and provide an “immediate boost” to cognitive function and to mood.
“Personalized music helps people living with dementia relieve anxiety by focusing their attention on something that’s recognizable, which reduces the feeling of being overwhelmed and confused,” Music & Memory Program Director Justin Russo told Being Patient. “It also stimulates movement. If people are a little bit restless, they find a way of moving to the music, which is very calming for them.”
Bearing in mind these benefits along with the power of reminiscing about good times past — for both older adults (especially those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia) and their listeners — we put together a playlist of beloved holiday oldies to share with loved ones (be that in person or via video conference or phone) this holiday.
Find the list on Spotify here and listen or share, or click below to play. Or, make your own. Music & Memory put together a handy guide with pointers for make the perfect, personal playlist for your loved one: “How to Make a Personalized Playlist for a Loved One at Home.”