Dementia + Music Therapy

Memories can fade later in life, though surprisingly memories attached to music seem to linger. Why is that? Scientists such as Oliver Sacks, Dale Taylor, and other renowned Neurological Scientists note that music is perceived across both hemispheres of the brain, and in multiple areas. People experience music in many ways, such as tapping their toes to the beat (motor region of the brain), singing along (language and memory areas), emotional response (emotion center), and active music making (using multiple areas of the brain).

“I regard music therapy as a tool of great power in many neurological disorders — Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s — because of its unique capacity to organize or reorganize cerebral function when it has been damaged.” -Oliver Sacks, MD

Individual and group music therapy sessions can:

  • Improve quality of life
  • Improve emotional regulation and expression
  • Improve socialization
  • Improve states of relaxation
  • Improve orientation to reality
  • Access memories to facilitate reminiscence
  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Reduce symptoms of depression
  • Increase stimulation and interest in activities

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Treatment in Eugene and Springfield, OR

 

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