Alzheimer's is a tragic disease that robs someone of their personality, independence, and memories. Some mental health professionals noticed that those seniors who only sit in a chair and rock back and forth, came to life when they were able to listen to their old favorite music. "They're more alert, more attentive, more cooperative, more engaged,"said the force behind Music and Memories. "Even if they can't recognize loved ones and they've stopped speaking, they hear music and they come alive."
The patients have shown response to songs that remind them of their youth, their family, or other important life events. They tend to be happier and show signs of improvement when this music is played. With that in mind, securing ipods for every person with dimentia and loading each with an individualized playlist is a staggering feat. Nevertheless, those at Music and Memories are determined to try.
As a psychology student, what do you think of this practice?