Music therapy: a key to unlocking the diseased brain.

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Cab Calloway (1933?)
Cab Calloway still has a musical impact to this day! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alzheimer’s and other dementia don’t hold a candle to the positive effect music has on its victims.  The attached video, a brief portion from the documentary, Alive Inside, is entitled: “Music and Memory, an old man’s reaction to hearing ‘his’ music.”  It illustrates so beautifully how music can unlock the brain that is addled by memory loss resultant from injury or disease.

I hope Henry’s story, and his dramatic transformation,  encourage you.

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12 thoughts on “Music therapy: a key to unlocking the diseased brain.

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      boomer98053 said:
      April 16, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Your banjo rendition of “Feelings” was a wonderful beginning to a dreary, rainy day in the Seattle, Washington area. Thank you for following my Blog, http://www.babyboomersandmore.com. I’ve signed up for yours as well as it is so varied, so interesting, and delightful. Thank you.

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    starryeyestonight said:
    April 12, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I am going to look up some CDs from our era (50s) to see if this would help my husband. Thanks for passing this along!

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    Teresa Cleveland Wendel said:
    April 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I can see how I’d be enlivened by the music I love if I ever get dementia. I’ll tell my daughters so they’ll turn it on when they come to visit :o)

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    letstalkaboutfamily said:
    April 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I would add that Dr. Oliver Sacks is a famous neurologist who has written many books about the brain in lay terms including “The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat”.

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    letstalkaboutfamily said:
    April 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Reblogged this on Let's Talk About Family and commented:
    This is an inspirational story that might give those of us with family members with Alzheimer’s or other dementias some ideas. My dad won’t watch television, but he does enjoy listening to his tapes.

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    letstalkaboutfamily said:
    April 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you for linking to this story. My dad is still aware of his surroundings but not interested in television just his music on tapes or CDs. I am going to try to link this to my blog.

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