Music can have a powerful impact on anyone, but it releases a tripwire of powerful memories for the elderly. This is why music therapy is one of the most effective treatments for seniors. Learn more about how music can affect your senior loved ones.
A clip from the soon-to-be released documentary about music and the elderly, Alive Inside, recently went viral. It shows an older man with dementia who is seemingly only able to answer yes or no questions. But when someone puts headphones over his ears and plays music from his youth, he suddenly transforms, becoming happy, animated, and even eloquent. Shortly after this experience he tells an interviewer, “It [music] gives me the feeling of love, of romance. I figure right now the world needs to come into music, singing.”
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If there is an older person in your life who loves music, but who has fallen out of practice, encourage him or her to rekindle that passion. There’s everything to gain and nothing to lose. Here are some pointers:
Learn more about music therapy and its affects on seniors, in this fascinating, in-depth article about music being used as dementia therapy.
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