Here's an amazingly inspiring story, from New Old Age, the New York Times blog on aging, of how music can make such a difference in the lives of the elderly, especially when dealing with dementia. If you have a loved one going through this, I urge you to try some of their favorite music & please let us know if you find they become more responsive! It's a wonderful thing Dan Cohen is doing! Check out his website to learn more about his efforts.
Revived by Music
By PAULA SPAN
Maybe you’re among the millions who’ve watched and forwarded this video of an unresponsive 94-year-old with dementia, slumped in his wheelchair at a nursing home in Brooklyn. But when a staff member puts earphones in place and clicks on an iPod loaded with favorite hymns, he awakens, moving to the music, humming along.
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