The Power of Music
posted on September 25, 2017
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease and those who have it can go through many changes. It is the most common form of dementia. Some days are good. On others, the affected can’t even recognize someone they know or have the ability to function on a daily basis.
Music is said to be a universal language. To an Alzheimer’s patient, it is challenging but it helps them feel what the music is saying to them. A person might start humming or whistling one of their favourite tunes. It can help with all stages of the disease. It keeps them involved, as opposed to shutting them in a room. It can reach them in ways that we don’t even understand.
The article by the Alzheimer’s Society can be found here. It also contains a link to A Video of the Day, which shows an elderly gentleman who is unresponsive to most stimuli. When given an iPod, he remembers some of his favourite songs he listened to when he was younger and begins to carry on a conversation about them. You can watch the whole video below.
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