Music can awaken memories and help people to connect. That’s why its being used as therapy for dementia patients in a Welland care home.
For Mary-Lou McIvor, finding the right words can be difficult, but singing comes second nature. Before being diagnosed with dementia, McIvor worked for the government during the week and would sing professionally on the weekends. The 81-year-old now lives at Niagara Health’s Extended Care Unit, and participates in the memory and music program.