Research by several major clinics, universities, and other organizations shows that music and associated memories from our younger years are often stored in areas of the brain not affected by the plaques that cause Alzheimer’s and other dementias. With many Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, hearing music from these years can result in:
Feelings of joy, calm, and well-being
Moments of alertness and lucidity as they reminisce about the memories related with a favorite song.
Why oldies really are goldies
Our brains are wired to have a strong emotional response to music we hear between the ages of 12 to 25 years old. This is the time in our lives when music takes on real meaning and becomes associated with memorable events in our lives, just like the soundtrack to a movie. Because they’re related to experiences and emotions, favorite songs from our formative years are often easy to recall—even the lyrics. Learn more about why our favorite songs stick with us.
To learn what goes on inside your brain when your favorite song comes on, read about the five ways music boosts brain activity in dementia patients.
And because the lift! Digital Music Player has been proven intuitive and easy for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients to operate, it gives them a very healthy sense of independence.