Music Therapy Brings Alzheimer’s disease and dementia Patients ‘Back to Life’ + video

Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era

Music Therapy Brings Dementia Patients ‘Back to Life’

Deborah Brauser – August 23, 2012.

The surprising popularity of a 6-minute video uploaded to YouTube last spring (2012),  is bringing enthusiastic attention to music therapy programs as a possible way to improve symptoms in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia.

With more than 10 million views (March 2015 update), the clip features “Henry,” an elderly man with dementia who is first shown slumped over in his chair, barely acknowledging those around him. But after headphones are slipped on him, he instantly lights up and becomes more animated, even humming along with the music. 

A program known as Music and Memory was created by former social worker Dan Cohen as a way to “awaken” memories in these patients through the use of personalized music selections played on mp3 players. A documentary about him and the program, entitled Alive Inside, is currently in production; it is a video clip from this documentary that garnered unbelievable attention.

More dramatically, after the headphones are taken off, he is shown being able to answer questions and even sings snippets of his favorite songs.

“This is not a cure, but we are increasing patients’ level of engagement,” Dan Cohen told Medscape Medical News. He reports that now in 2012, the program is currently being used in 50 nursing homes in 15 states and in Canada — although his goal is to eventually reach homes all across North America.

Going Viral:  For a disorder that has no cure and few popular treatments, the Music and Memory program has sparked great enthusiasm, no doubt in large part because of the viral video.


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