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University of KentuckyMusic Hooks Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease

Updated: Nov 19, 2021




New research (Jan. 26, 2021) published in issue three of volume 78 of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggests that familiar music can be an effective therapeutic method of caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.


This research was conducted by different universities led by Alaine E. Resche- Hernandez, a music therapist from the University of Iowa, who took a study of 20 patients with Alzheimer’s and 19 without dementia. They asked them to listen to the music of their choice in two four-and-half minutes blocks. The goal was to obtain either a happy or a blue response.


While the patients with Alzheimer’s had “Impaired Memory for Music Selections,” the researchers found out that both groups increased their levels of happiness or sadness after listening to the music of their choices for 20 minutes.


The researchers suggested that careful selection and monitoring of how patients utilize music listening can be an effective therapeutic method for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Read more.


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