We all know that music has power, but when put in the hands of Alzheimer’s patients it becomes more incredible still. When used appropriately, music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements.
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Music has been proven breath life into patients with severe dementia. The documentary Alive Inside showed the way patients reacted when music from their era (the 30’s 40’s and 50’s) was played for them on an iPod.
The results were absolutely incredible. Patients that couldn’t even speak were suddenly remembering things from 60 years before as if they were yesterday. Time and time again, research has shown that men and women who have lost almost all cognitive ability are able to play their instrument as they did in their youth.
The couple in the video below is no exception. The duo was married in 1946 and have been inseparable ever since. While they were waiting for an appointment at the Mayo clinic, they decided to hop on a piano and give those in the waiting room a memory they wouldn’t soon forget. They played a wonderful old rag time tune called Old Grey Bonnet that would brighten anyone’s day.
Check out the sweet moment in the video below!
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