Music to their ears: Golden Oldies sharpen seniors' memory function

A local nonprofit has launched a program to use music as a tool for curing and preventing signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Senior New Ways, which promotes programs for health in aging, recently started the Vintage Music Therapy for Memory Stabilization and Enhancement program at local senior centers. The program is designed to trigger memories and emotions associated with songs from each individual’s younger years. As residents hear these songs, they will reminisce and simultaneously exercise their brains. John W. Lehman, musicologist and Executive Director of Senior New Ways, also explains that music stimulates several parts of the brain and can release memories that reduce stress and facilitate relaxation. 

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