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Music and the brain

Discussion in 'Books, film and music' started by CeliaW, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. CeliaW

    CeliaW Registered User

    Jan 29, 2009
  2. rosy18

    rosy18 Registered User

    Jul 23, 2016
    I take my Mum to singing for the brain every Monday morning and just starting Tuesday morning as well both run by the alzheimers society. Mum doesn't always know who I am,couldn't tell you how old she is and cannot recall what she did the previous day,but she can sing a song through word perfect from memory.As the Lady who runs the session says my Mum comes alive when she is singing. It's wonderful to watch and never ceases to amaze me.
  3. Agzy

    Agzy Registered User

    Nov 16, 2016
    Moreton, Wirral. UK.
    My other half has AZ and in the past hardly even expressed musical likes, just dislikes. Since diagnosis as well as a memory IPad of photos we have got her a mini iPod with about 30 tracks of music she has said she likes and, with earphones in place, enjoys listening during the times there are no programmes of preference on the TV.
  4. Hamster Wheel

    Hamster Wheel Registered User

    Apr 20, 2017
    Mum used to get Dad to go to singing for the brain, she died 3years ago and he refuses to go with me. He does sing along with his music and the TV. It does make us laugh when he wears his headphones 'not to disturb us' and he's singing at the top of his voice. :D
  5. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    #5 Izzy, Apr 21, 2017
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  6. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    "Mum comes alive when she is singing. It's wonderful to watch and never ceases to amaze me."

    John never sings at home even though he is quite happy but sings to beat the band when he is at daycentre or any of the Alzheimer groups. Other people enjoy his enthusiasm too.
  7. Zana

    Zana Registered User

    May 12, 2016
  8. TOWDLAD25

    TOWDLAD25 Registered User

    Oct 4, 2015
    Singing has made a huge difference.

    Up until about 6 weeks ago my wife, who has AZ, had difficulty eating, speaking and was bed bound because she could not walk.

    She has has AZ for about 7 years but the last year has been very stressful, so much so that I could no longer care for her myself o she had to go into a care home that specialises in Dementure patients.

    That is the bad news. The good news is that at around 6 weeks ago the Doctor took my wife off all her tablets. She began to improve health wise immediately and began eating more of her food. At around this 6 weeks mark I started to take my laptop in with me on my visits which has some karaoki tunes that can be sung along to. I used to sing these tunes to her at her bedside.One day I was surprised when she started to sing the words that were shown on the screen, not a lot but what a surprise.
    6 weeks on she is now singing all the tunes (that she likes, she does wind me up sometimes by singing loudly those tunes she does not like) she sings with me, and sometimes on her own, word for word off the laptop screen. She also began to talk and take more notice of her surroundings, she was more alert. She can now get out of bed and is beginning to walk with a zimmer frame.

    I believe that her great improvement has come from a) not taking any more pills and b) Music in the form of singalong.

    It really is incredible the change that has come over her. Has anyone else found music to have helped Alzheimers patients?
  9. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

    Oct 5, 2013
    OH has always liked music, though his tastes were a bit more highbrow than mine!
    I had recorded one of the John Wilson prom concerts for me to see sometime, I love his music.
    I put it on one day shortly after christmas and he watched it all avidly (even though he never has been very interested in anything on the TV).
    When it ended he said that it was the best Christmas present ever and could we go again!!
  10. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    Spamar. I love the John Wilson concerts and have seen several live at the Glasgow Concert Hall and would love to see more on TV. I would sing too if they were on!
  11. nae sporran

    nae sporran Registered User

    Oct 29, 2014

    That made me smile, Spamar. Took OH to a music memories event run by the Dementia Wellbeing Service, and she loved it. That's a monthly event, so hopefully will do her good to get out every time. Looking forward to Proms season, always a hit.
  12. thekeymurphy

    thekeymurphy Registered User

    Jul 5, 2017
    My mum went to sessions like this. Amazing the great work that AZ do. It was nice to see her able to properly express herself again. So glad some of you have managed to find these creative outlets. Music is a wonderful thing we get to enjoy in life and I've never doubted its power. Have people found others have reacted more to music from their past or something completely different?
  13. nae sporran

    nae sporran Registered User

    Oct 29, 2014
    C loves a few familiar songs, those she still remembers the words to. But, I have introduced her to a few folk rock tunes which I know and if I sing along she loves it. My voice is not that great, but there's something about male voices which seem to please her more than higher female voices for some reason.

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