As we age, our bodies are more susceptible to certain diseases, including Alzheimer's. Dementia can be a difficult problem to endure and care for, as many adults with elderly parents witness their mothers or fathers transform into a completely different person as they age.
Recently, researchers have found that group singing sessions may be able to boost the brain function of individuals suffering from moderate to severe dementia. Over the course of a four month study, patients at a US care home were lead through well-known songs from popular musicals such as The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz. At the end of the study, a majority of patients who sang regularly scored higher on the cognitive and drawing tests than their counterparts who simply listened to the music. In addition to the set cognitive tests, it was remarkable how many of the patients remembered the lyrics to the songs of their childhood, proving an important link between music and memory.
"There is much anecdotal evidence that the groups have real benefits for people with dementia," a spokesperson said in a statement. "Even when many memories are hard to retrieve, music can sometimes still be recalled, if only for a short while. The sessions help people with dementia communicate, improving their mood and leaving them feeling good about themselves."
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