There have been several research studies which have found that music can alter and improve how the brain functions in people that suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive impairment.
The documentary Alive Inside shows how the Music & Memory program depicts many individuals that are suffering from Dementia and their reaction to listening to their favourite music. One individual in the documentary that is usually unresponsive and unable to respond to basic questions is given his favourite music to listen to and suddenly becomes energized and excited. After listening to his favourite music, he temporarily regains the ability to answer questions about his favourite music which would not happen otherwise.
The Music & Memory program started in the US and has now spread across the globe including Australia. Music has been found to cue for autobiographical memories which reinforces our own identity. In the powerful documentary, the Neurologist, Oliver Sacks noted that “Music evokes emotion, and emotion can bring with it memory…it brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can.”
A 2015 study by Anglia Ruskin University of Cambridge found music therapy showed profound benefits such as an improvement of dementia, wellbeing, and behaviour.
A study from 2017 published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, found that nursing homes that used music therapy found there less a decline the need for anti-anxiety and antipsychotic medications given to patients.
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