Create a Music Playlist for Someone With Alzheimer's/Dementia

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Senior man listening to music on his tablet computer

Neuroscientists believe that music can evoke emotions. Emotions, in turn, trigger recollection of memories. Music seems effective in reactivating the brains of people living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, allowing them to remember things from their past.

You may have seen the 2012 film ALIVE INSIDE: A Story of Music & Memory, which offered a powerful example. The documentary depicted Henry, a dementia patient, who went from being noncommunicative to lively and animated when he listened to music.

Dan Cohen, the social worker who helped Henry in the documentary, founded the nonprofit organization Music & Memory in 2010 to improve the quality of life of residents in long-term care facilities through the gift of iPods and personalized music. His organization also produced a guide for families and caregivers who wish to create personalized playlists for seniors who are living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

To find some great tips for creating a playlist, visit the Right at Home blog, where you will always find the latest information on dementia caregiving and home care.

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