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How Music Can Benefit People With Memory Loss

Posted by Frank Herold on May 11, 2020

musicPeople from around the world, of every language, and representing every cultural background, create and listen to music. It is a universal experience that we all share. And now, new studies are showing the big benefits of music that go beyond the simple auditory pleasure of your favorite song and delve into how music can actually help us with our brain and how we process memories.

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The Benefits of Music for Memory Loss

These are just a few of the proven benefits and ways that listening to music can help memory loss.

Music Evokes Emotions That Connect to Memories

Some of the more significant research shows that music is capable of evoking pertinent emotions in even those people with acute Alzheimer's. That's because people often connect music and sounds to specific emotions and memories of places, times, or activities in their lives and the things they were doing while listening or when that music was prominent.

Today, many caregivers—including Cadbury Park—and people with memory loss are taking advantage of such connections to pair music with everyday activities. This pairing creates a rhythm that makes it easier for listeners to recall the organization of the activity and actually improve cognitive ability as the pattern repeats. They also have easier times remembering the contents of the day afterwards. 


Singing Engages Multiple Parts of the Brain

In one of the studies on the benefits of music, it was shown that the act of singing itself engaged the left side of the brain, while the act of also listening and watching others within a singing group engaged the right side of the brain. This use of multiple parts of the brain acts as a sort of exercise to improve a person's ability to recall and create memories as well as other cognitive activities.

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Learning New Music Helps prevent Further Memory Loss

The benefits of music aren't just in recalling old memories, but also in creating and storing new ones.

Learning a new musical instrument, creating an original song, and singing along with a new musical piece are all great ways to engage and strengthen various areas of the brain.

The brain never stops making memory cells, but just like any other muscle, if you don't practice, challenge, and exercise its capabilities, then those memory cells are lost. Musical hobbies are arguably among the best hobbies to protect against future memory loss as well as strengthen current memory capabilities.

The benefits of music aren't just memory-related. Such benefits of music also include emotional, mental, and physical improvements. Learn how we care for our memory patients at Cadbury Park and speak to a representative today!

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