Music is deeply rooted in our conscious and subconscious brains. When the brain starts to age and people suffer from dementia and cognitive loss, music can awaken the brain. The result is an awakening that can help patients communicate and feel like themselves again.
Music and Memory works with a personalized music list, centering around music the patient liked and knew from ages 15-25. Why? This is the point in a person’s life when memories are most likely to be stored in long term memory and thus retrievable at a later time by playing that specific music.
Once a personalized music assessment is done and a song list provided, the music is copied to a MP3 player and provided to the client along with headphones and/or a small personal speaker. After a few months the patients are evaluated – is there less agitation? Less meds needed? Weight gain? Music can be changed as needed.