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Music appears to "awaken" Alzheimer's Patients

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  1. missing_kskd

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    http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/04/11/alzheimers-patient-awakens-when-listening-to-music-from-his-past/

    "music imprints on a person more than anything else", or something like that.

    Well, I personally would add smell to that list, but they aren't wrong, with it being a matter of degree at worst. The people in the video suggest that music can bring somebody to organize around themselves and remember who they are.

    This is striking, because I've long used music for exactly that purpose. When things get ugly, life messy, my head full, confused, or just worn, music can just wash that away, bringing memories and that sense of ME, potent, alive, ready to go again. I've been caught many times with headphones on, jamming to something I just crave, or that I imprinted on, my response when asked, "just remembering who I am"

    So, that's just a happy alignment of things, nothing special, particularly on my part. What is very interesting is the idea that simple science, observation and study of people on more basic levels may well lead to some new ideas, suggestions on how they work, why they work, etc... So much of the world is right there in front of us, if we can only break down barriers, reach that little kid like state where it's all new and just observe first, think and associate later...

    Damn cool discovery.

    Posted on April 11, 2012 - 09:00 PM #
  2. motozak3

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    "Music has been called the universal language. It is believed to have functioned as a medium of communication well before its evolution as an entertainment form. Indeed, Darwin, Binet and others have theorized [sic] that music preceded speech as a means of communication. Salk, Benedict, Thompson and other researchers proved the power of music to affect blood pressure, heart beat, pulse, metabolism and muscular energy. Music can influence mind, body and emotions."
    (Dust-jacket notes, "Stimulus Progression", Muzak/TelePrompTer LP MU-76 4RS-2488 A-70; ca. 1974--a.k.a. "The Blue Album" amongst collectors.)

    Posted on April 11, 2012 - 09:49 PM #
  3. skeptical

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    Yes, grandpa, you're listening to Connie Francis. Now will you please sign this update to your will before the song ends?

    Posted on April 12, 2012 - 01:38 AM #
  4. This is why my Maternal Grandfather never lost his ability to play the Organ at home, all his tunes that he knew from many years ago the 20s and 30s and 40s , even some he had written himself...right up to the last several days of his life. And he had Alzheimers.

    Infact two days before he went to the Hospital and succumbed he was out walking with my Grandmother and some others at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma. He didnt walk fast..real slow ,..as he had other physical problems and diabetes at age 86 and he only knew a few of those people who were around him constantly, like my grandmother , my sister and Mother ( he forgot my name , but most of the time he knew I was one of his grandkids) ...well anyway they stopped to talk to some other people at a picnic area...and he got away !!! He heard some MUSIC playing...off in the distance..it was a Tavern located on a city street just outside the park area...so he hotfooted it up there.( which for him was a remarkable thing because he didnt move real well anymore)...went into the tavern was was dancing the JITTERBUG ..on their dance floor with all these beer drinkin' patrons laughing at this old man dancing with himself. My Grandad was a great dancer in his day...and he was doing it again..ONE LAST TIME..as it turned out.

    My Grandmother was somewhat embarassed for him... when they figured out where he had gone off to..went in and got him out of there..next day he got real sick and had to go to the hospital..and that was the end of him...

    Posted on April 12, 2012 - 09:24 AM #
  5. Alfredo_T

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    When I was in the 8th grade, we had a guest speaker from Africa (I do not remember which country). He brought with him a small drum, and proceeded to explain that by being hit in different ways, this drum could produce a variety of different sounds, constituting a "drum language." He gave a few examples of how the different sounds were correlated to words in his spoken language. I thought this concept was pretty wild, and I think that many of the other students had some difficulty grasping it.

    Posted on April 12, 2012 - 12:54 PM #

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