Providing music that holds special meaning for the listener taps into emotional memory. No matter how advanced one’s dementia, as long as we can identify music that holds personal meaning from their youth, the odds are good that this will work.
“Blank Stares” by Jay Allen
Nashville country music artist and songwriter Jay Allen shares his story and new single, “Blank Stares,” a song about his experience dealing with his mother and Alzheimer’s.
Music’s Effect on Alzheimer’s
Dr. Connie Tomaino is a music therapist for individuals suffering from brain trauma or degenerative neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. In 1980, she became the full-time music therapist at the facility where Oliver Sacks’ “Awakenings” took place.