My HuffPost Science piece: Music and Alzheimer’s Patients

 

I’ve talked a lot about teens and their fundamental need to listen to music.

alzheimersIn truth, there are three periods in our lives when music is heavily imprinted on our memories. The first involves the songs we shared with our parents in childhood  (Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star, or The Wheels on the Bus, etc.); secondly, the music we discovered and bonded over with our peers in adolescence; and lastly, the songs we shared with our own little ones.

I recently met Ron Gregory, a former music exec with Sony and Elektra Entertainment, who developed technology which enhances an Alzheimer’s patient’s favorite songs–the musical tracks that marked their life’s milestones–to produce a result that actually rekindles lost memories, improves communication, and brings respite to caregivers. Pretty awesome, right? Read on to learn about how music preserves our memories.

How Alzheimer’s Caregivers Use Enhanced Music to Recover Lost Memories, Huffington Post, SCIENCE

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