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Flatt & Scruggs Music Therapy
Lisa Ramey
Posted: Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:07 PM
Joined: 6/20/2014
Posts: 160

Hey ya'll,

I want to attest to the fact music is good therapy for us!

I am listening to Flatt&Scruggs Foggy Mountain Break Down and Cabin on the hill. Love it

Oh yea gotta listen to Dueling Banjos from the movie Deliverance. Love that too.

My Appalachian roots are shining through
Music does move the Soul.

What do you listen to?

Lisa Ramey

Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2015 7:01 AM
Joined: 9/12/2013
Posts: 3608

I like music of the 60's, dance music but don't do it very often. Love Reggae, soul, r&b.
Van Morrison fan.
But the music you like is full of life and energy. Just got turned on new country from watching TV show The Voice and Blake Shelton's suggestions. I like old country too, Patsy Cline and so on.

Music reaches deep into our memories and souls. Now off to church where our 12 members all sing off key and I love it.

Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2015 8:31 AM
Joined: 3/7/2012
Posts: 2774

Isn't it amazing how music can sooth us, make us happy, trigger wonderful (or not so wonderful) memories? At both ALZ groups we attend there is always music on in the background when people are arriving. We've also had several programs on music. There is nothing more wonderful than watching a memory come back to someone's LO and they start singing along with the music. I've watched this happen several times, it always brings tears to my eyes.

On a personal note I use music at our house for my DH. I always have soothing calming music on, always. Its not loud, just as background. Depending on a number of things that are happening I change the music to suit the mood. I know it helps me be a calmer care giver and DH benefits from the music on several levels.


Posted: Monday, June 29, 2015 9:35 AM
Joined: 5/20/2014
Posts: 4408

Love music here! Opera, classic rock, folk, R & B, Mowtown,etc., etc. Used music in working with groups with severe mental illness in the past. Also used what I call happy music (music that picks you up and gets those endorphins stimulated such as It's a beautiful morning, groovin on a Sunday afternoon, my girl, etc. I can't remember them all but there are many happy pick you up songs.

Music Helps Dementia Patients Recall Memories and Emotions

A recent study shows that dementia and Alzheimer’s patients can recall memories and emotions, and have enhanced mental performance after singing classic hits and show tunes from movies and musicals – a breakthrough in understanding how music affects those with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Researchers determined the effect music has on dementia patients, by leading half of the participants through selected songs while the other half listened to the music being played. After the musical treatment, all participants took cognitive ability and life satisfaction tests. which showed how participants scored significantly better when being lead through songs, rather than only listening.

Here are five reasons why researchers believe that music boosts brain activity:

1. Music evokes emotions that bring memories.

Music can evoke emotion in even the most advanced of Alzheimer’s patients. NeurologistOliver Sacks says that, “Music evokes emotion, and emotion can bring with it memory… it brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can.” By pairing music with every day activities, patients can develop a rhythm that helps them to the recall the memory of that activity, improving cognitive ability over time.

2. Musical aptitude and appreciation are two of the last remaining abilities in dementia patients.

Linda Maguire, lead author on the study wrote, “Musical aptitude and music appreciation are two of the last remaining abilities in patients with Alzheimer’s.” Because these two abilities remain long after other abilities have passed, music is an excellent way to reach beyond the disease and reach the person.

3. Music can bring emotional and physical closeness.

In the later stages of dementia, patients often lose the ability to share emotions with caregivers. Through music, as long as they are ambulatory, they can often dance. Dancing can lead to hugs, kisses and touching which brings security and memories.

4. Singing is engaging.

The singing sessions in the study engaged more than just the brain and the area related to singing. As singing activated the left side of the brain, listening to music sparked activity in the right and watching the class activated visual areas of the brain. With so much of the brain being stimulated, the patients were exercising more mind power than usual.

5. Music can shift mood, manage stress and stimulate positive interactions.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has an entire web page dedicated to music therapy in Alzheimer’s patients. They say that, “When used appropriately, music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function and coordinate motor movements.” This is because music requires little to no mental processing, so singing music does not require the cognitive function that is not present in most dementia patients.

Paul Hornback
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:11 AM
Joined: 8/9/2013
Posts: 584

I love all kinds of music but I'm especially partial to contemporary Christian and John Denver. Listening to these always lifts my spirits.

God bless, Paul