MP3 Players Help Dementia Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s is a horrible disease with little to no hope for improvement or recovery. At best, most people can hope for minimal suffering and confusion as they fade away. That’s why it’s so great to hear of anything that can help to ease the discomfort associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have been working with long-term care facilities to put MP3 players in the hands of those suffering from dementia, as it’s been found that familiar music can stimulate the part of the brain that’s responsible for autobiographical memories – meaning that sufferers can relive happier times through music. It helps to alleviate depression, and in some cases it can increase the patient’s abilities at least temporarily. It certainly won’t fix everything, but it’s another good example of scientific knowledge being used to improve lives. You can read a longer article here or like Music and Memory on Facebook to learn more about the effect of music on memory in older patients.

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