Playlist for Life: Personalized Music Can Help Dementia Patients

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Playlist for Life charity encourages families to find out which pieces of music trigger happy memories for their older relatives.

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.

“One of the biggest challenges we have in our society is that so many people are living longer and developing dementia later in life,” said Andy Lowndes, deputy chair of the Playlist for Life charity in Glasgow, Scotland. The charity has so far trained 4,650 health care staff to use music to treat dementia, and it estimates that its volunteers have reached more than 21,000 people since 2015. Full story.

Reuters (TECH2) / June 25, 2019

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