Music and Healing Dementia Research
Posted in the Dementia Forum
#1 Aug 14, 2012
In a recent CNN article by Elizabeth Landau titled "Music it's in your head changing your brain" Dr. Limb from Johns Hopkins stated he thought it was possible to thwart or completely heal dementia from the study of a musical instrument. As a music education research analyst, my work has been published at Johns Hopkins University New Horizons Journal for Learning. Documented research has shown a new music education program, under US Patent, is making great progress in advancing childen's math and reading scores from D- to 98% over a 3 to 6 month period. The program has also been effective increasing reading ability in children with special needs. The new music education program has documented advancements in effecting remedial abilities of the mind previously unrealized. More information about the research and development of music and brain is available at http://www.pianologic.com .
Spruce Grove, Canada
#2 Mar 4, 2013
Music has been proven to be effective with dementia for improving memory, mood and overall well-being because of the 'happiness hormones' that the body produces when in a more pleasant state that music can create.
Most everyone also seems to have a 'music memory' that kicks in when listening to a song they used to know, lyrics come back to mind, the tune is remembered, even if the song hasn't been heard in decades. This helps to improve cognition, of course.
There are many CD's and DVD's that dementia sufferers can benefit from, and Melodic Memories has developed one of the most popular DVD sing-along series. Many people that have bought them for nursing home residents or family members have seen the benefits to those with Alzheimer's and other dementia.
Whether you've used melodic Memories products or any others, I'd love to hear your stories about using music with those who have dementia that you know. What difference did you see in their mood and demeanor? Some people have found that music helped them with their pain relief too.
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