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Understanding Music & Memory

understanding MUSIC&MEMORY MUSIC PERCEPTION EMERGES FROM THE INTERPLAY OF ACTIVITY IN BOTH SIDES OF THE BRAIN. MUSIC TRULY HAS HEALING POWER! Listening to music can decrease anxiety, speed healing, increase optimism and decrease pain. Music is strongly associated with the brain's reward system. It's the part of the brain that tells us if things are valuable, important or relevant to survival. DEVELOPMENT PERCEPTION A baby's brain registers rhythmic patterns, and changes in beat and melody are picked up. The type of music you listen to affects the way you perceive the world. HEARTBEAT Your heartbeat changes and mimics the music you listen to. MUSIC, DEMENTIA & MEDICATION &MUSIC Xmemory The number of Americans 65 and older with Alzheimer's is expected to nearly triple by 2050 – 13.8 million from 5 million now. The annual cost of dementia in the United States in 2050 will be $1.2 trillion, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Music is used to increase or maintain a level of physical, mental, and social/emotional functioning. The sensory and intellectual stimulation of music can help maintain a person's quality of life. Vs. PERSONALIZED MUSIC MEDICATION In a recent Music & Memory™ survey, SM when 26 nursing homes were asked if the use of personalized music has been effective with verbal and physical Anti-psychotics are a class of drugs that were never developed for older adults, but have been cross applied to deal with anxiety, depression, and behaviors, 6 in 10 reported that it has been effective with many or all residents. angry outbursts that are common for Alzheimer's and dementia residents. When staff were asked if the use of personalized music can help in reducing use of anti-psychotic medications, 50% said yes. They increase falls, injuries from falls, and can even cause death. An iPod Shuffle costs $40. Personalized Medications can cost thousands, often stifle the patients ability to communicate and suppress emotions. music enhances memory, increases communication and heightens emotion. Cognitive abilities lessen and the resident becomes withdrawn, and closed off from their surroundings. Residents become more active and tend to sing, dance and come alive.If people regularly listen to music their cognitive test scores actually improve. turn up the music turn down the meds NOTE: We are not stating that music be used to replace medications. The re are benefits to both and all options should be considered and carefully thought out. HOW YOU CAN HELP MILLIONS OF MINDS NEED THE POWER OF MUSIC Many of us benefit from music everyday. Millions more need it, specifically those with memory issues. Evidence is piling up everyday that music helps stimulate lost memories and can even help restore cognitive function. So, if you are a music lover, know someone with a form of dementia or just want to help a friend, here are a few ways you can help spread the healing power of music. VOLUNTEER Visit your loved one, your local nursing home, or anyone who might be in need. Research their era and try and find out what music interests them most. Wipe your old iPod and load some of their favorites tunes on it. Slip the headphones on them, hit play, and watch them come to life! WATCH THE "ALIVE INSIDE" DOCUMENTARY You might be saying, "really, I can help just by watching a movie?" Yes, you really can. This film is so powerful and motivational that it should be required viewing by all of mankind. Check it out, and take action today. DONATE & SPREAD THE WORD We have set up a page to accept cash donations so that we can continue to supply iPods, music and training to our caregivers and memory care residents. You can also discover more ways to donate, run your own campaign or donate your iPod at Please share this and tell everyone you love about the power of music! walker + &MUSIC + methodist (memory Learn more and take action today at MIRACLEOFMUSIC.US | MusicAnd U SOURCES SOURCES

Understanding Music & Memory

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A visual guide to the power of music and the Music & Memory program. This program introduces a way to bring music into the lives of people, specifically those with Alzheimer's or dementia. Playing per...


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