Oregon Brothers Find Music can Break through Solitude of Alzheimer’s Disease

Brian Parker took his past experiences with his grandpa’s Alzheimer’s to bring music therapy to those currently dealing with the disease. Parker and his brother, Mark, use their business, Senior Rhythms, to break through dementia. They visit long-term care centers such as Chehalem Health and Rehabilitation Center and help reinforce research indicating that patients exposed to music illustrate reduced agitation and improvements in mood, cognitive function, memory and social interaction. “I’ve had residents who are nonverbal, but they can sing every single word of their favorite hymn,” says Helen Peterson, Activity Director of the Chehalem Center.

February 6, 2012, Oregonlive.com


Written by Scott Learn.