Music is a powerful force in life. Most people who listen to music they grew up with, when they’re in the 30s, 40s, or 50s, for example, may hear one of those songs on the radio and have an incredible sense of nostalgia. They may even remember sitting on their bed with a small radio player and tape deck, pressing record as soon as the commercial break was over, trying to capture this song so they could play it over and over again. Because music is so powerful, it can actually provide a number of benefits for people dealing with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
How can it help?
Many of the memories of our younger years, whether it’s from our early childhood, teenage years, young adult life, or whenever, are often stored on the subconscious levels of the mind. Our brain is an incredible organ and while science has learned a great deal about how it operates and stores memory, it can still confound even the brightest and most brilliant researchers.
What is known is that certain triggers can conjure up various memories we don’t think about on a daily basis. It’s the thoughts we have and the memories we have daily that are stored on the conscious levels of the mind. Anything else is stored in the subconscious level. Just because we don’t think about them and may even assume we’ve forgotten them doesn’t make it true.
Every memory is stored in the brain.
Every single memory a person has ever experienced is stored somewhere in their mind. Because Alzheimer’s disease affects memory, the more exercise a person gives their brain, the more it may help to delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation).
By playing certain music from your mother’s younger years, she may begin thinking about friends from school, trips she took, experiences she had, and more. This can open up the floodgates to a wide range of memories.
From there, you might encourage her to begin sharing some of those things you knew nothing about. Not only is this great for you and the rest of your family to have these memories out there in the open, your mother will also be getting incredible mental stimulation that can pay dividends in the year ahead.
Make no mistake, though, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s. However, if you could help your mother stay as cogent as possible for a few extra weeks, months, or years, wouldn’t you do it? Helping her listen to music from her youth may be one way to help accomplish that.
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