In thousands of MUSIC & MEMORY® Certified Care Organizations, we’ve witnessed time and again how musical favorites can help people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias reconnect with the world. Now, a team of researchers at the University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City have demonstrated the brain chemistry underlying that remarkable reawakening.
A study published in the April online issue of The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease reports how the U of U Health team found preliminary evidence that familiar music may facilitate attention, reward and motivation, which in turn makes it more possible to manage emotional distress in Alzheimer’s.
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