Rhythmic activities are a series of movements in which individuals can take part during any steady and prominent beat. Professionals use these activities as therapeutic treatments for those who suffer from dementia.
During a rhythmic activity session, patients works with a trained leader who guides them through the activities one-on-one or in a group. A good example of a rhythmic activity is a drumming circle. Patients can create beats by either clapping their hands or banging a drum. Other instruments can be used in these types of activities as well.
Even if the patient cannot play any type of instrument, they can participate in the rhythmic activities by dancing or performing breathing exercises.
The music created in rhythmic activities allows patients to improve emotional expression, improve their gross and fine motor skills and experience an increase in physical exercise. New patients are often encouraged by the older patients to take part in these activities if they are feeling apprehensive.
Families help ensure that rhythmic activities are successful by joining in on the fun. When patients see that they are sharing something with a family member that is both exciting and therapeutic, many believe that the healing can take place faster.