Check out this great article in The Gazette about music & dementia.
“It is well documented that the capacity to remember music – whether it’s the ability to play an instrument or recite the lyrics to our favourite song – remains one of the last to leave us.”
“There are very direct, close connections between the music that we like – which activate these emotion and reward sensors – and your hippocampus, which is where all your emotions are stored,” [Dr. Vicky Williamson, a research fellow at Goldsmith’s University in London] says.
“For Margaret, music is a way of managing her condition, calming her when she becomes distressed or disoriented.”
Published by Angie Kopshy
Angie Kopshy received a Master’s in Piano from Boise State University before returning to Portland, Oregon, to study and pursue music therapy. Upon completion of her internship, Angie founded a music therapy clinic that specialized in helping children with autism transform their lives with music, paying particular attention to the enhancement of communication, anxiety reduction, motor planning, and social engagement.
Angie recently left her clinic, teaching position at Pacific University and her band, Stoneface Honey, to write in the mountains of Montana. When she isn't helping run Herbaceous Inc., a medical marijuana dispensary in Butte, or facilitating music therapy sessions at Big Sky Music Therapy, Angie is working on her first novel and writing short essays for Behind Every Feminist. Angie is still writing music for Stoneface Honey who released their latest album, Resolved to the Mutual Satisfaction of Both Parties in August of 2018.
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