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For people with Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias music, especially familiar songs, unlocks memories; participation in music improves communication, overcomes withdrawal. For people with Parkinson's Disease and other movement disorders, moving to music helps improve, balance and range of motion.
Music and Alzheimer's: Can it help?
How can music help people who have Alzheimer's disease?
Answer from Glenn Smith, Ph.D.
Limited research suggests that listening to music can benefit people who have Alzheimer's disease in various ways.
For example, music can:
Reduce anxiety and depression
Music can also benefit caregivers by reducing anxiety, lightening the mood and providing a way to connect with loved ones who have Alzheimer's disease — especially those who have difficulty communicating.