Archie SnowdenAug 28, 2018, 2:08 pmAug 28, 2018, 4:37 pm

‘Music and Memory’ program helps patients with dementia stimulate the brain

McPeak’s Assisted Living allows patients to create personalized playlists to enhance memory, improve daily functions

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PATCHOGUE - Recent studies have found that music can be the pathway to overall brain function for patients diagnosed with dementia. McPeak’s Assisted Living has allowed patients to create personalized playlists on MP3 players to stimulate the brain through their “Music and Memory” program. Through a survey done by the Pilot Club, it was found that music improved their overall daily functions.

"It brings them back to an era, certain music that they remember, a certain time and place. So, all of these thoughts come forward," McPeak's Assisted Living Manager Jennifer Turner said.

Joan Mortimer, who suffers from dementia, enjoyed listening to music on an MP3 player for the very first time.

"I loved it. I love music," Mortimer said.

The program is designed to enhance the memory of its Alzheimer’s and dementia residents.

A study from the University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City reported that "objective evidence” from brain imaging shows personalized, meaningful music is an alternative route for communicating with patients who have Alzheimer’s disease.

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