Although scientists are still searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, there has been tangible progress in reversing early cognitive decline that can lead to dementia. An important aspect of this progress is recent research on the benefits of meditation and music therapy. The findings are good news for all older adults who might be concerned about faltering memory and the risk of continuing cognitive decline.
We’ve all experienced the powerful influence of music in our lives. After a long and stressful day at work, it can be calming and relaxing. When we are tired and lethargic, it can provide a “pick me up” that provides an energy boost. Music can inspire us to new heights, bring tears to our eyes and trigger a wide range of human emotions. It appears that music can also help soothe the savage beast of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
“There is no better deliverance from the world than through art; and a man can form no surer bond with it than through art.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Art has always been viewed as one of mankind’s highest forms of self-expression. Now, the power of art is being harnessed to enable individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia to express themselves and reconnect with the world around them – all while providing important health benefits in the process.