The power of music for Alzheimer's patients

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The power of music for Alzheimer's patients

Listening to favorite melodies from their past rekindles responses in adults with memory loss

KING 5  News reports on a program at Gaffney House in Seattle, where residents with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia listen to personalized playlists of their favorite music from the past.  Their reactions range from smiles of joy to cathartic tears of sadness, but the ability of music to touch their hearts is apparent. 

“There’s this stirring or awakening that happens,” said Kristoffer Rhoads, UW associate professor of neurology, in the KING-TV segment. “Music is really interesting because it’s one of the things that activates the most regions of the brain of any stimulus.”  Rhoads is an associate neuropsychologist for the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center at Harborview Medical Center.

Watch "The Power of Music for Alzheimer's," which aired May 6, 2016.