With my new interest in playing the harp I have been reading and thinking about music therapy. I recently discovered a website called Music For Memory, which is a non-profit organization that provides free iPods to seniors with Alzheimer's.
From their website:
New cutting edge research is showing that the people suffering from Alzheimer’s/dementia may see improved mental functioning through the extraordinary power of music. Music can help to awaken, stimulate and improve cognitive functioning. Familiar songs help to unlock memories and are able to penetrate areas of the brain that are often inaccessible.
Benefits may include:
- Improved memory & communication
- Overcoming withdrawal
- Decrease agitation & depression
- Increased overall happiness
Why don't you go get a cup of coffee and take 5 minutes to watch this video about their iPod Project.