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Music Is Good For Brain Health in Those with Alzheimer’s

Music is good for brain health in those with Alzheimer's.
Music is good for brain health in those with Alzheimer’s.

The Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease are No Joke:

  • An estimated 5.8 million Americans have Alzheimer’s (across all ages)
  • 10% of people 65 years and older have Alzheimer’s
  • Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Alzheimer’s is growing rapidly with no known cure

With no known cure, researchers and healthcare professionals are putting more emphasis on prevention of the disease. One way to prevent Alzheimers is focus on brain health through a combination of healthy habits. These habits have been divided into the following 6 areas:

  1. Getting Regular Exercise
  2. Socialization with Others
  3. Eating a Healthy Diet
  4. Mental Stimulation
  5. Quality Sleep
  6. Reducing Stress Levels

Music is a universal language; it provides shared experiences and responses. You can probably relate to several (if not all) of these examples:

  • Hearing a melody that propels you to dance or move
  • Listening to a piece of music to relax
  • Hearing a particular song and being flooded with memories and emotion

While the effects of music on our brains may be complicated and, at times, mysterious, one thing is certain: Music is good for brain health.

How can music keep a brain healthy?

  • Music Reduces Pain
  • It Decreases Anxiety
  • Music Aids in Socialization
  • Music Improves Attention Span
  • It Improves Memory Recall
  • Music Decreases Depression

Playlist of Sing-along Songs

Remember that one of the pillars of brain health is eating a healthy diet. These songs about food are a fun way to not only promote brain health through singing and sensory stimulation, but they can spark discussion and bring focus to the types of food we eat: healthy and otherwise.

Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy
Banana Split For My Baby
Shortenin’ Bread
Tea For Two
Yes, We Have No Bananas
On the Good Ship Lollipop
Java Jive
Buttered Popcorn
If I Knew You Were Coming I’d Have Baked You a Cake
Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries

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