There is a lot of scientific evidence that music is good for the brain. The is a lot of research that shows music can spark memories. People living with Alzheimer's disease have lots of older memories. Many of the older memories are of songs they listened to/or played when they were young. I am planning to collect used iPod Shuffles, and create a playlist of 1940's, 1950's, and 1960's music.
1) Buy headphones
2) Download music onto an iPod Shuffle (it helps if you know the music that your family member enjoys)
3) Listen to the music TOGETHER
4) Dance or just move your arms, but keep time to the music!