Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Hills are Alive, With the Sound of Healing!

A four month study demonstrated that Alzheimer's patients can benefit from group singing sessions. Singing the familiar songs from the musicals of their youth can help patients perform on cognitive tests. As a therapeutic measure, it is inexpensive and doesn't have any contraindications, except among patients who hate The Sound of Music.

How do you solve a problem like dementia?
How do you take a brain and make it young?
How do you make it hum, and sound as a new snare drum?
Letting your brain recall the songs you've sung!

Oh, how do you solve a problem like dementia?
Open your mouth and loosen up your tongue!

When I'm an old geezer, confined to a home, will the nursing staff play the lilting airs of my youth? Could Psychotherapy be used as, you know, psychotherapy?


Charles Flaum said...

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Smut Clyde said...

Dibs on "Back in the Funny Farm".
Also too Ultravox, "Slip away".

Jim H. said...

"No Sleep Till Brooklyn"

"In a gadda da vida"

I'll be singing them till I forget I'm demented.

Syrbal/Labrys said...

I've always wished someone would do a study to see if dementia is as pronounced a problem in societies where the aged are NOT treated as cultural dead weight; places where the old are treated as repositories of history and tradition.

I think being repeatedly TOLD how useless and worthless and uncontributory one is is a damaging thing in and of itself in American society.

Substance McGravitas said...

Also being forcibly removed from routine.