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Music playlists could help dementia patients
by Carolyn Crist

Reuters    Translate This Article
24 June 2019

On 24 June 2019 Reuters reported: Personalized music playlists that rekindle memories of childhood and happy moments may bring joy to dementia patients, because music can activate parts of the brain not affected by the disease, experts say. A recent article in The Lancet Neurology describes a presentation earlier this year by Lowndes and University of Edinburgh psychiatrist Dr. Tom Russ at the Edinburgh Science Festival. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of health, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

'People with dementia have emotions that are alive and can be retrieved, even in late stages, which can counteract the feeling that dementia destroys personality and erases what makes an individual unique,' said Antonio Cherubini of the National Institute of Rest and Care for the Elderly in Ancona, Italy. Cherubini wasn't involved with the article in Lancet Neurology.

... ''The majority of patients develop behavioral disturbances, not only agitation and challenging behaviors, but also apathy and depression,' Cherubini told Reuters Health by email. 'Drugs aren't very effective at treating these and have side effects, so non-drug therapies that are effective should be evaluated and implemented.'

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