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New Research Says Memories of music cannot be lost to Alzheimer's and dementia




Music has earned many an interesting sobriquet through the ages. It has been known as the food for the soul, the food of love, and the beat of life, just to name a few. Very few people can claim to have been untouched by music at some point in their lives. With the recent findings published in The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease, regarding the ability of music to sometimes lift someone out of Alzheimer’s for a short time, music will definitely earn a new sobriquet.
ASMR or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is the reason for this phenomenon of music being able to penetrate the haze of Alzheimer’s. The small tingling in the brain in response to a sensational piece of music being played is ASMR. This has sometimes been described as a ‘head orgasm,’ which is the natural response to good sound. ASMR is also one of the reasons why some people go to church.
The recently published study regarding music and Alzheimer’s in The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease, revealed that when one contracts Alzheimer’s, the part of the brain that is responsible for ASMR is still alert and doesn’t get lost. Patients suffering from Alzheimer’s tend to be engulfed in a haze of confusion and are often quite disoriented. Playing music can dispel the haze for a short period of time and draw them out of this confused state.


Associate Professor in Radiology at the University of Utah Health, Jeff Anderson says "In our society, the diagnoses of dementia are snowballing and are taxing resources to the max. No one says playing music will be a cure for Alzheimer's disease, but it might make the symptoms more manageable, decrease the cost of care and improve a patient's quality of life."
Although this phenomenon has been witnessed several times, there has hardly been any detailed study on the subject. A well-known example of music bringing someone back from this confused space is that of the story of Henry, a man suffering from dementia. When songs from Henry’s youth began to play, the cloud of confusion seemed to dispel, and Henry was brought back from dementia. There are definitely many other examples of music bringing people back from dementia or Alzheimer’s, but since this is a relatively unexplored subject, real examples are still being unearthed every day.



New Research Says Memories of music cannot be lost to Alzheimer's and dementia  New Research Says Memories of music cannot be lost to Alzheimer's and dementia Reviewed by Tyler on January 11, 2019 Rating: 5

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