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Program offers music to soothe dementia


by Johanna Ginsberg NJJN Staff Writer June 12, 2013 Marcia Valese helped her husband Steve, 56, put on his headphones on a patio at the Daughters of Israel nursing home in West Orange. As he listened on an iPod to a playlist she had compiled — songs by country favorites like Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts […]

Azheimer Society of Toronto’s iPod Project Study Finds Personalized Music Benefits Caregivers, Too


Researcher Dr. Paul Williams with Sabrina McCurbin, AST iPod Project Coordinator The evidence continues to mount: Musical favorites can bridge the divide between hopeless isolation and joyful social engagement for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and cognitive challenges. According to a March 2014 evaluation of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s (AST) iPod Project, benefits […]

Alive Inside


Alive Inside “Like music—and life itself—this movie was made to be shared with other people.” Read filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett’s exclusive letter to Landmark Theatres …on the transformative power of music: Alive Inside   by director Michael Rossato-Bennett Four years ago, I met a man named Dan Cohen who was launching what started out as […]

Playing for time: Can music stave off dementia?


(CNN) — At 101, Frank Iacono still plays the violin. The concertmaster for the Providence Civic Orchestra of Senior Citizens in Rhode Island, he particularly enjoys playing polkas and jigs. “It keeps my mind active, and it gives me a lot of pleasure,” Iacono said. The orchestra’s executive director and co-founder, Vito Saritelli, said Iacono […]

How The Sound Of Music can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s: Singing songs from hit musicals ‘restores memories’


Singing songs from hit musicals can boost the brain function of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, new research claims. Researchers found regular group singing sessions including classic numbers from the likes of The Sound Of Music helped residents at a U.S. care home improve mental performance. The most striking effect was seen in people suffering […]