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Musical memory eases the memory gap in dementia patients

Check out this great article in The Gazette about music & dementia.

Favorite quotes:

“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.”

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