The Benefits of Music Therapy for People with Dementia

Music has always had a healing influence. It can help soothe a crabby mood as well as ease someone into gentle slumber. Music can also be useful for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia’s.

A recent study conducted at the University of Miami School of Medicine revealed that music therapy helped produce more of the brain’s “feel-good chemicals” including melatonin, serotonin, and prolactin in Alzheimer’s patients. This means that after listening for a certain amount of time, the patients’ moods began improving and even facilitated some cognition. Even as cognitive functions decline, the brain still responds naturally to music, thus giving patients many benefits.

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