13 Dec '11, 12am

11 Types of Music that Soothe Dementia

11 Types of Music that Soothe Dementia

Why is it that I can remember the lyrics of every awful ’70s pop tune I catch the merest snatch of while turning a radio dial, but not the name of the street two miles away? The answer is good news; that is, if you spend time with someone who has Alzheimer’s, dementia, or Parkinson’s Disease. Music lodges uniquely deep in the recesses of the brain–and therefore can still be tapped long after other abilities have failed. Musical memories are a complicated code of primal emotions, cognition, movement, and language. It both calms and provides sensory and social stimulation. But there’s an even better reason to bring singing, listening, playing, and dancing into the life of someone with a dementing illness: To provide them with the deep pleasure and reassurance brought by enjoying moments of wholeness and clarity. For a person with a neurological impairment, music can “stimula...

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