HEALTH: The melody memory boost

May 20, 2018

Mail Online: One of the most inspiring stories I’ve reported on for this page was about the effect of music on the brain. I visited a Singing for the Brain group where people with dementia are lured out of an often silent world by the power of song. I can still see the 1,000-watt smile lighting the face of one woman when her husband who had Alzheimer’s pulled her up to dance.

‘Usually this awful disease leaves him moody because he can’t communicate or do much,’ she told me. ‘But these sessions spark happiness that triggers his memory. He was trying to tell me the music reminded him how we used to jive in the old days.’

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