Feb 25, 2009

Does Music Unlock Memory in Alzheimer's Sufferers

So let me ask you, don't you have certain songs that you associate with certain persons or situations that occurred in the distant past?

This is very interesting to me and should be to you.

According to a new study, listening to favorite songs could slow the progression of Alzheimer's. The study also found that listening to tunes from the past seems to evoke powerful memories that are not chocked off by Alzheimer's disease.

I saw this in my mother when she was in the mild stage of Alzheimer's. However, as the disease has progressed she is remembering less and less of the past. She is at the point where her short term memory is gone.


Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading Room
Enter Your Email Address


Professor Petr Janata and his team are using this new information and intend to try and develop music-based therapy for people with Alzheimer's. This idea appeals to me. I would have used music more with my mother if I had thought of it, or if, I had read this study. As most of you know, I try everything and we often have good results.

This study make perfect sense to me. Using music to call up memory and then associating the music with certain persons or events. Sounds like good exercise for Alzheimer's sufferers and their caregivers.

So let me ask you, don't you have certain songs that you associate with certain persons or situations that occurred in the distant past?

This study is being published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, and is titled--The Neural Architecture of Music-Evoked Autobiographical Memories.

Professor Petr Janata and his team are at the University of California.


Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob has written more than 2,101 articles with more than 272,100 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.


Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room