When dealing with Alzheimer’s as a so called ‘chronic’ disease, one problem of tackling this disease is the mystic understanding that we have to deal with a pure physical phenomenon in this case. Instead of a correlation between body and mind. Now we learn that, and why, music can support quality of life of Alzheimer’s patients significantly. Read on…
Sinclair Lewis from Portland, OR, asks:
Although my grandfather has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, his memory seems not all too bad. I heard that this encouraging status may have something to do with his love to sing a song several times a day. Sounds like euphoria to me. What do you say, Doc?
After German doctor Joseph Alzheimer has diagnosed this brain disease first time a century ago (1906), more than 5 million U.S. citizens are still suffering from Alzheimer’s. One reason may be the myth to believe that this is a pure physical issue like, e.g., insufficient blood flow to the brain, etc.
Rather, like with any ailment, there is a strong correlation between body and mind. Appreciating this biologic fact, researchers at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, investigated the effect of listening to music for people with Alzheimer’s. With special reference to behavioral and emotional benefits. Even in later stage of this disease.
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