Cutting Through The Fog Of Alzheimer’s: Music and the brain

Music improves brain mind

Study after study has proven that music affects the brain positively or negatively depending on the circumstances. It can trigger memories, both good and bad, but the key phrase here is “trigger memories” as the wife of an Alzheimer’s patient in Wisconsin is finding out.

Bill Paese is an 82-year-old Alzheimer’s patient at the Rocky Knoll Health Care Center in Plymouth, Wis. For most of his life Bill sang in a barber shop quartet. According to his wife, Jean, an iPod playlist of barber shop music allows her to see glimpses of the man she married 53 years ago.

“He’s in there,” Jean told ABC News‘ Byron Pitts, “and sometimes we get to see him.”

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Jean and Bill Paese/courtesy ABC News

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are afflicted with the disease. It’s the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.

While researchers are careful to point out that listening to music is by no means a cure, it is believed that familiar music can activate enough areas of the brain to create connections and retrieve memories once thought lost.

In 2010, Dan Cohen, a social worker in New York, created the Music & Memory program in order for people to donate iPods for use by Alzheimer’s patients. To date the organization has collected approximately 10,000 iPods. The goal is 1 million. You can find information on how to donate here.

Music is truly amazing.

Sing-N-Share Is Coming To Town: Just in time for Christmas carol-oke!

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For weeks now DigiTrax Entertainment LLC (DTE) has been teasing the release of its newest and most innovative mobile appSing-N-Share. In collaboration with one of the world’s premier software firms, Deansoft, DTE is closing in quickly on a release date and is anxious to share this new interactive masterpiece with the public.

“Sing-N-Share is a perfect tool for bringing friends and family together,” stated Cathy Vangieri, Project Manager for DigiTrax Entertainment. “Not only is it a great way to spend time with those closest to you,” she continued, “but it also allows the user to share the fun with loved ones, near and far, through social media. Music is such an integral part of the Christmas season, perhaps more so than any other holiday. That’s why we’re pushing so hard for a pre-Christmas release.”

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With Christmas only weeks away final touches on the app are being put into place even as this article is being written. David Grimes, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for DTE, stated today that “The beta app is absolutely amazing and performs beautifully. We’re very excited for consumers to have the chance to finally get their hands on the app and start enjoying the Facebook and Twitter integration.”

Sing-N-Share, as stated earlier, is projected for a pre-Christmas release and will be available on both iOS and Android powered devices. This means that music and karaoke enthusiasts world-wide won’t have to wait much longer before they can share in the fun for themselves.