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Music Therapy for Individuals With Alzheimer's and Other Dementias
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August 9, 2012 - 1:30 pm
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By: Ronna Kaplan, M.A.

A couple months ago there was a big buzz about a video circulating widely on the Internet. The video, called "Alive Inside," showed a social worker giving an iPod filled with music to a nursing home resident. What ensued allowed viewers to witness the amazing power of music: Henry, the gentleman featured in the story, does indeed come alive while listening to music of his era, and after doing so he lifts up his head, he opens his eyes, his face lights up and he talks about the music, he reminisces, and he shares what music means to him.

This is just a short clip from a documentary by Michael Rossato-Bennett that follows Dan Cohen, social worker and executive director of Music & Memory, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people who are elderly and infirm through the use of personalized music and digital technology. His iPod Project brings iPods loaded with patients' favorite music to long-term care facilities. The project's aims "are to support the initiation of iPod-based personalized music programs regardless of one's location (e.g., at home, in a nursing home, assisted living facility, hospital, or hospice) and raise public… READ MORE>>>

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August 9, 2012 - 2:02 pm
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Heavy article... very nice.  Music is definately a memory refresher. I recall much of my childhood through the song's I think of, hum and play on the fiddle. Take's me back to my childhood (40's and 50's). I can go back as far in memory as about 1946, relating much of my of my early life through song or song in relation to thing's that happened.

I still remember my Uncle playing violin when I was 2 or 3 yo. There was a song out at that time (during WW2) was called " Bell Bottom Trouser's, Coat's of Navy Blue", I didn't know the violin was called a violin so I just asked him to play Bell Bottom Trouser's, thinking that was what that instrument was called.

Maybe now, after I play a song 100 time's then 10 minute's later I want to play it again..... hmm.."how did that song start again",,,, ,,, damn, I can't remember.

A couple weeks ago I had this conversation with FM, when I called his shop to order string's..... he told me to have a book with the name's of song's written down, kinda like a Karoake book.

Incidentally,,, I don't have , ummmmmm.. what's that called again ?    dunno ???

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August 9, 2012 - 8:05 pm
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My dad who will be 70 this coming september has parkinsons disease, part of what comes with parkinsons is dimentia. I can tell over the last couple years his thought process is slowly wasting away. He has been playing harmonicas since he was 6 years old, mom plays dobro and they run with another couple their age and play in nursing home and jam sessions when they can.. I truly believe if it wasnt for his music my dad would not be here today, it gives him something to look forward to and it in my opinion has slowed up the dimensia symptoms some...still is a good source for old music..

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August 10, 2012 - 12:37 am
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Ive seen videos of autistic children who are unresponsive to anything else, be touched by music. Its a universal language. reminds me of speilberg......


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