Singing Enhances Life Quality for those with Dementia

Although this is a small study and now almost three years old, newer studies continue to reveal the importance of music in the lives of those who suffer from dementia. (Comment added July 27, 2016) Three times a week in a care facility for people with dementia, two groups of nine people each either sang in a chorus or just listened to music. After four months, the people in the singing group scored higher on assessments of cognitive ability compared to those in the listening group. The presenters of the abstract wrote that “musical aptitude and music appreciation are two of the last remaining abilities in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease.” SOURCE: Society for Neuroscience meeting, 89.19/GGG4 (November 9, 2013) For the abstract, click here.