Care Team Connect: Listening to Music


  • Listening to Personalized Music

Listening to Personalized Music

Listening to personalized music can help people with dementia improve mood and connect to cherished memories. Get started with a discussion of how music can help caregivers, and then practice using the Amazon Music app on the Care Team Tablet.


How to use personalized music? 

When first getting started with music, suggest playing the client’s favorite type of music in the background during daily events, including:

  • Getting dressed
  • Trimming or painting nails
  • Showering or bathing
  • Preparing or eating dinner
  • Relaxing outdoors or sitting room



Take a casual approach to introducing music. Do not call specific attention to the tablet or the new engagement program. Instead, simply make a suggestion. 

For example:  

  • “I thought it would be nice if we listened to some music while we got ready this morning.”
  • “I am going to put on some jazz while we get dinner ready. I love listening to jazz music and heard you do too.”
  • “Your daughter mentioned that you enjoy Johnny Cash. Let's listen to a few songs together.”


While listening to music, look for clues that the client is feeling engaged. Clues many include: 

  • Toe tapping or shoulder shaking
  • Singing or humming
  • Storytelling
  • Improved mood
  • Decreased agitation

As you start recognizing patterns, make music part of your routine. Establishing routines with music can help caregivers enhance mood, create a calming environment, and earn the trust of care recipients. 


Amazon Music: Practice Activity

Prior to the training session, make sure the Care Team Tablets have music playlists synced to the tablet. 

Take turns practicing the following activities:  

  • Playing a specific playlist, pausing the music
  • Adjusting the volume (using the onscreen slider and/or volume buttons)
  • Using the portable speaker
  • Using the headphones 

If you plan on using the bluetooth connection for the speaker or headphones, make sure to connect the accessories in advance. 

If you are concerned about overwhelming caregivers with new information, forego lessons on the accessories and selectively introduce them in the future.

Listening to Personalized Music

Listening to personalized music can help people with dementia improve mood and connect to cherished memories. Get started with a discussion of how music can help caregivers, and then practice using the Amazon Music app on the Care Team Tablet.


How to use personalized music? 

When first getting started with music, suggest playing the client’s favorite type of music in the background during daily events, including:

  • Getting dressed
  • Trimming or painting nails
  • Showering or bathing
  • Preparing or eating dinner
  • Relaxing outdoors or sitting room



Take a casual approach to introducing music. Do not call specific attention to the tablet or the new engagement program. Instead, simply make a suggestion. 

For example:  

  • “I thought it would be nice if we listened to some music while we got ready this morning.”
  • “I am going to put on some jazz while we get dinner ready. I love listening to jazz music and heard you do too.”
  • “Your daughter mentioned that you enjoy Johnny Cash. Let's listen to a few songs together.”


While listening to music, look for clues that the client is feeling engaged. Clues many include: 

  • Toe tapping or shoulder shaking
  • Singing or humming
  • Storytelling
  • Improved mood
  • Decreased agitation

As you start recognizing patterns, make music part of your routine. Establishing routines with music can help caregivers enhance mood, create a calming environment, and earn the trust of care recipients. 


Amazon Music: Practice Activity

Prior to the training session, make sure the Care Team Tablets have music playlists synced to the tablet. 

Take turns practicing the following activities:  

  • Playing a specific playlist, pausing the music
  • Adjusting the volume (using the onscreen slider and/or volume buttons)
  • Using the portable speaker
  • Using the headphones 

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  • Listening to Personalized Music