New Study Finds Music Memories Not Affected in Alzheimer’s Patients

Music makes life fun, emotional, and in many cases memorable. New research has found that memories of music do not get lost in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Caregivers and families of loved ones living with Alzheimer’s can use music in great ways.

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Music Causes Brain Tingling

Have you ever wondered why you feel so wonderful and emotional when you hear your favorite song? This is because your brain has a response to music called, Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR).

Many people say it is a “head orgasm” that tingling sensation in your brain when you hear music. But how does this relate to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?

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ASMR Doesn’t Get Lost to Alzheimer’s Disease

ASMR, that tingling feeling and rush of memories you get when you hear music you like is also important for Alzheimer’s research. A study published in The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease found that ASMR is present in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

In fact, AMSR can even bring a person with dementia out of confusion when familiar music is played. This makes music and the memories not lost despite the brain disease powerful for caregivers.

Music is Important Tool for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Music in general can influence mental health. Music has been found to relieve stress, decrease anxiety and depression symptoms, and reduce agitation.

Caregivers can also use music to improve quality of a loved one or patient’s day in unique ways. Here are a few ways music can be used for Alzheimer’s and dementia:

  • Music can bring back happy memories
  • It can calm your loved one or patient and boost mood
  • Music influences movement, like clapping hands and dancing
  • It is hard not to sing to favorite songs, and singing improves mood
  • You can enjoy a happy moment together

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