I totally agree with this article by Dr. Eva Gotell. Singing is such a powerful tool for accessing the mind and heart, where other modalities fail.
Caregiver singing improves the communication between patient and caregiverThis website describes intervention research in dementia care, focusing on caregiver singing as the primary method, or what is called Music Therapeutic Caregiving (MTC).The principal investigator for this research, Dr. Eva Götell, has found that caregiver singing can help reduce aggressiveness in the communication between caregivers and persons with severe dementia. In addition, such singing can have positive influences on verbal communication, body expression, sensory awareness, and mood, and can even create a joint sense of vitality between the caregiver and the person with dementia.
In their ongoing research, Eva Götell and her team are committed to further describing the influences, and measuring the effects, of Music Therapeutic Caregiving, where the caregiver sings for – or together with – persons with dementia during complex dementia-care situations.