Dec 20, 2014

Exclusive: ‘The Fifth Dementia’ Band Pairs Teen Musicians With Alzheimer’s Patients

Music’s power to soothe or energize is well known, and there is good science behind the use of music to arouse dormant memories even in those living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Dementia and Music

I thought you might find this video interesting and worth sharing with family and friends. In one scene a man living with dementia who can barely talk goes on to play the harmonica.

Music is really fascinating and the one thing that most Alzheimer's patients can always remember.

I never heard Dotty sing in her entire life until after she was diagnosed. As many of you know that have been here for a while Dotty had a very sweet voice. Listen to Dotty talk about music, sing Shine on Harvest Moon, and talk with Harvey the Parrot

Check and the video below and let us know what you think in the comments section below. Or, tell us about your own experience with music. Sharing experience is one way to make a difference here in the Alzheimer's Reading Room.

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“Music is medicine for the mind. And there are new studies to show the activity in the brain whilst people are playing a musical instrument, the brain lights up,” said Carol Rosenstein, who’s married to one of the band members.

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