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The Power of Music, part 2

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a recent story in which a patient with Alzheimer’s “comes alive” when he listens to music from his past. (Click here to read the story). This week I have a follow-up story. That video clip was part of a film called Alive Inside which follows social worker Dan Cohen and his interactions with people in elder care facilities. In it, he creates personalized playlists of songs for the people he works with, and connects with them in ways that many healthcare workers did not think was possible.

For Elders With Dementia, Musical Awakenings has more about this remarkable story and includes a list of Mr. Cohen’s tips on music and the elderly. It’s amazing what you can do with a little handheld music player! If you have a chance to try any of his tips, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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